6th September 2017
A small section of original fabric, 4.4cm x 3.7cm, from Kitty Hawk 'Wright Flyer' with printed certification for Robert H. Mayo: 'When Orville Wright, at my suggestion, assembled the Kitty Hawk machine for public exhibition for the first time, in 1916, at the opening the new buildings of M.I.T. in Cambridge, he found that the original fabric could not be used and substituted new fabric of the identical material. When he died, his executors found that he had preserved some of the original coverings of the wings and entrusted several pieces of this most valuable relic to me for distribution to notable aeronautical friends. I certify that this piece was used in the first successful flight in history by Orville Wright on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N. C.', signed by Lester D. Gardner, mounted, framed and glazed, together with a small section of silvered doped fabric, 5.5cm x 2cm, with pencil caption to reverse 'From Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis'. Note: Lester D. Gardner was a publisher of aviation journals and a friend of Orville Wright. Provenance: from the estate of the late Major Robert Hobart Mayo, O.B.E., M.A. (Cantab), Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., F.R.Ae.S., M.Inst.T.
Hammer price: £2,600
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