LIBERTY BELL 7 FLOWN BOLT.
A component from the Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7, flown on Mercury-Redstone 4, being a ¾ inch long bolt. Encased in a lucite block.
Having splashed down in the Atlantic, Gus Grissom was rescued shortly before his Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft sank. The spacecraft was recovered from the sea bed in 1999, and restored at the Kansas Cosmosphere which used corroded components such as the present example to raise money. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Cosmosphere, and a copy of Curt Newport's book Lost Spacecraft: the Search for Liberty Bell 7.
Provenance: collection of Peter Fadis.