DescriptionA French Bodkin Case with Ballooning Motif, circa 1790
6 inches long x 1-1/4 inches diameter (15.2 x 3.2 cm)
Bonhams, Fine Ballooning Art: The Property of a Gentleman, 16 December 1991, Lot. 60
Acquired from the above.
The painted bone case exhibiting cartouches to body and lid of various models of balloons ascending above towns and above the clouds, all housing in a fitted leather case.
The illustrations depict Blanchard's first ascent on March 2, 1784 and the frist manned flight of the hydrogen balloon by Charles and Robert.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.
Flaking to paint and age-related toning to exterior, light hairline to interior flange, outer leather case in fair to poor condition with separations & losses to leather. Case measures 7 inches long.
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