Wright Brothers - First Flight - Orville Wright Signed Artifact Display
Orville Wright Outstanding Display Consisting of a Signed Check & an Original Piece of his Plane, Affixed to an Enormous Print of the Famous First Flight!
Orville Wright First Flight matted display presentation, 20" x 216". Inclusive of three affixed historical pieces:
A signed check, dated 'November 30, 1918" signed by Orville Wright in full signature "Orville Wright", made payable to "United Brethren Publishing House" for "$4.00", 8.75" x 3". Mounted to the lower part of the print.
An original nickle turnbuckle from his plane, with eye-bolt screws at each end, 8" in length. From The Wright Brothers’ Engines and Their Design by Leonard S. Hobbs, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, City of Washington, 1971. "Louis P. Christman … was responsible for the Smithsonian drawings of [the 1903 engine and also supervised the reconstruction of the 1905 Wright airplane … Christman worked directly with Orville Wright for a period of six weeks and had access to all the records and parts the Wrights had preserved…." This turnbuckle descended from the Family of Louis P. Christman who was gifted this item by Orville Wright for his work in restoring the 1905 Wright Flyer. This lot will be accompanied by a description of the original purchase from the Louis Christman family via auction.
A piece of The original Wright flyer that took the first flight with the initials ROM penned on the fabric swatch, .75" x .75", mounted and placed to the upper right corner of the display and with significant provenance.
All presented with an enormous matted black and white print of the famous first flight, arguably the most famous photograph in aviation history. Orville set up the photograph by placing a tripod at the location where the plane was to take off, and John T. Daniels, one of the few witnesses to the event, snapped the shutter during the 12 seconds that the first heavier-than-air vehicle flew its 120 feet. Orville documented the event in his diary: “After running the engine and propellers a few minutes to get them in working order, I got on the machine at 10:35 for the first trial … On slipping the rope the machine started off increasing in speed to probably 7 or 8 miles. The machine lifted from the truck just as it was entering on the fourth rail. Mr. Daniels took a picture just as it left the tracks.” Three more flights were made that day with Orville’s brother Wilbur piloting the record flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet.
This halftone image may have been originally printed by the Wrights themselves, being familiar with the halftone process from their earlier newspaper publishing enterprises, the weekly West Side News and the daily Evening Item.
An impressive large display of the First Flight! Inclusive of a scarce original part of his plane with impeccable provenance.