Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 105

June 30 - July 1 2018 Manuscript, Space and Collectibles Sale


Aerospace
 
 
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Lot 731
Superb, Rare 1913 German Silver Cup Commemorating The Prinz-Heinrich Airplane Prototype Airshow. The Prinz Heinrich event was a trial for prototype airplanes, set up in 1911, but named after one of the Kaiser's sons in 1913 (who was a career naval officer, but an enthusiastic aviator). That year's route was Wiesbaden Kassel Koblenz Karlsruhe Stuttgart Straßburg. Offered is a commemorative beaker in 800 silver with a superb raised relief and engraving of an early propeller plane in the clouds, the German countryside below. Stamped on bottom Friedlander and German assay mark of 800. Posters and ephemera such as this cup from early aviation events are highly prized 3½ x 2½ and in remarkable condition. Estimate Value $250 - UP
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$1,984
Lot 732
1930 Zeppelin Race Winners, Akron, Ohio Airdock, Panoramic Photo. Panoramic silver gelatin photo. 32 x 9.5 in., signed by photographer H. D. Verwerk in lower right corner. Remarkable photo records the dealers who won prizes for the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company's annual "Zeppelin Race" which rewarded those who had the highest sales over a two month period across the country. But the appeal here is the enormous Goodyear-Zeppelin Airdock looming large in the background captured in an early panoramic photo. Built in 1929, the almost unbelievably huge Goodyear Airdock in Akron, Ohio, was created as a space where blimps, airships, and dirigibles could be constructed. Evidently building such a massive space created problems, such as indoor rain, and putting the whole thing on rollers so that it could expand and contract with the seasons. Photo is rolled and shows only minor evidence of handling. Framed, piece would display beautifully. Estimate Value $75 - UP
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$96
Lot 733
Commemorative Signed Covers of The Flights of Double Eagle II and V, Ben L. Abruzzo Captain. Two major feats of ballooning took place in 1978 and 1981 with the balloons Double Eagle II and Double Eagle V respectively crossing the Atlantic and the Pacific. Tri-fold souvenir folder commemorating the first balloon crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Contains a cover for each flight, postally canceled at departure and arrival cities, colorful cachets and signatures of balloonists. Double Eagle II flight flew from Presque Isle, Maine on Aug 12, 1978, landed at Miserey, France, Aug 17, #519 of 1000. Signed Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman. Includes 4cm x 3cm swatch of silver balloon material. Double Eagle V flight from Nagashima, Japan on November 9, 1981, landed at Covelo, California, on November 12, #492 of 1000. Signed by Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, Rocky Aoki and Ron Clark. Includes folder produced by Calhoun's Collectors Society. Near to mint. Estimate Value $100 - UP
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$102
Lot 734
Lindbergh, Charles A. -- TLS to the Smithsonian Institution Re An Organ-Perfusion Apparatus He Was Developing. Typed letter signed "Charles A. Lindbergh," one page, 10 x 7½", Germany, Nov. 13, 1966. To John C. Widener, Exhibition Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, thanking him for his "assistance and cooperation in relation to the plastic materials I needed to develop the organ-perfusion apparatus…your advice and demonstration saved me days of time….We are publishing a description in 'Cryobiology'." Matted with the transmittal envelope and attractively framed to an overall size of 23½ x 14". Very fine.

Lindbergh had long been interested in the workings of the heart. In the 1930s he joined with surgeon Alexis Carrel (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912) to invent a perfusion pump which would keep tissues and organs alive outside of the body. The pump depended on glass tubes and the procedures used were so delicate that they lost popularity with the scientific community. Lindbergh's interest persisted in 1966. Estimate Value $1,000 - UP
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$640
Lot 735
Wright, Orville -- Signed Cover Commemorating the 33rd Anniversary of First Flights & Inauguration of Transcontinental Air Mail Service. Signature on a 3¾ x 6½" envelope depicting the first Wright airplane in flight. Caption above: "33rd Anniversaary Wright Brothers/ First Flights Dec. 17, 1903." Caption below: "Inauguration Transcontinental Air Mail Service / Dayton, Ohio Dec. 17, 1936." Red stamp, "Dayton Collectors' Club" at lower left. Envelope with typed address to Mr. Walter L. Young in Lakewood, Ohio, from Arthur Zeller in Dayton, with Dec. 17 Dayton, Ohio cancellation. Typed below flap is "Cover No. 19 / Autographed by Orville Wright / (Only 25 of these covers). Light toning. Bold signature in upper left corner. Estimate Value $500 - UP
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$589
Lot 736
Wright, Orville -- Orville Agrees to Write an Article on His Brother, Wilbur, For Encyclopedia Britannica (1871-1948) American aviator, co-inventor of the airplane with his brother Wilbur (1867-1912). On December 17, 1903, with Orville at the stick, they were the first to achieve powered, controlled and sustained flight. Typed letter signed "Orville Wright," one page, on letterhead engraved "Orville Wright / Dayton, Ohio," 8½ x 6¼", March 31, 1928. To Mr. F.H. Hooper at The Encyclopaedia Britannica in New York. In part: "Please pardon my delay….For the past three months I have been head over heels in work, but I now hope within a few days to be able to prepare the article on 'Wilbur Wright' for the Encyclopaedia Britannica." Light toning overall, else fine. Matted and framed to 11¾ x 9¼". Estimate Value $1,500 - UP
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$1,080
Lot 737
Fred Noonan Signed First Flight Cover, Navigator to Amelia Earhart. Frederick Joseph "Fred" Noonan (1893-1938 declared dead), was an American flight navigator and aviation pioneer who first charted many commercial airline routes across the Pacific Ocean during the 1930s. Famed aviator Amelia Earhart chose him as her navigator for their attempted pioneering round-the-world flight when they disappeared somewhere over the Central Pacific Ocean during one of the last legs of the flight. Offered is a First Flight cover from San Francisco to Manila, November 22, 1935, signed by all three crew members involved including Fred Noonan signed as F. J Noonan. In beautifully archived condition. Estimate Value $250 - UP
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$205






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