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Aero Club of America Balloon Competition Plaquette

Object Number: 
1935.82
Date: 
ca. 1910
Medium: 
Gold
Dimensions: 
case: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/4 in. ( 6 x 6 x 1.9 cm ) Overall: 1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 1/16 in. ( 3.7 x 3.7 x 0.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: edge, lower center: artist's initials (?), followed by "18 K 964-54."
Description: 
Gold struck plaquette with obverse showing Aero Club of America logo flanked by two female figures; reverse bears inscription within circular reserve with fugure of Mercury at right and aeroplane, hot air balloon and dirigible at left; inscription: "ALAN K. HAWLEY/WINNER/FIFTH INTERNATIONAL/BALLOON RACE/FROM ST. LOUIS, MO. TO/LAKE TSITOGAMA/PROVINCE OF QUEBEC/OCTOBER 17th to 19th 1910/1172.9 MILES. 1887.6 KILOMETERS/AMERICAN DISTANCE RECORD/WORLD'S RECORD IN BALLOON/COMPETITION." Rectangular brown leather fitted case with green silk velvet and silk satin lining.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Alan R. Howley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group