MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON, APOLLO XV
Lot 79
MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON, APOLLO XV
Sold for US$ 5,000 inc. premium

The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
MECHANICAL PENCIL FLOWN TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON, APOLLO XV
BELONGING TO JIM IRWIN. Mechanical pencil in chrome metal with black plastic ring at center of barrel, with velcro patch glued to the cap. 5 inches (129 mm). Engraved on barrel with part number "SEB 12100081-301" and serial number "S/N 1021."
Provenance: James Irwin, his estate, Odyssey Auctions, Corona, CA, February 27, 1994, lot 232.

WITH: Color photographic print SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Irwin, "Robert—His Love From The Moon—Jim Irwin." 8 x 10 inches with printed caption.

WITH: Group of 21 black and white NASA press photos for Apollo 15 mission, 8 x 10 inches.

Mechanical pencils replaced wooden pencils in the space program in 1961 to eliminate the problem of combustible wood being carried in space. For the Apollo lunar missions, crews were equipped with the Garland 35-P, made by Lew Manufacturing in Coventry, RI. According to Chris Span (www.spaceflownartifacts.com), "despite the worldwide fame of the Fisher Space Pen it is probably the humble Garland mechanical pencil that was the most heavily-used writing instrument on the Apollo missions." It is believed that a total of 33 were carried on these missions, of which 12 were carried to the lunar surface. The serial number of this pencil falls close in sequence to another example known to have been carried by Irwin to the Moon, and would have been one of three carried on the Apollo 15 mission.
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