AVIATION INTEREST: A 20th century silver salver maker's mark indistinct, Birmingham 1932

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Lot 82
AVIATION INTEREST: A 20th century silver salver
maker's mark indistinct, Birmingham 1932

Sold for £ 937 (US$ 1,187) inc. premium
AVIATION INTEREST: A 20th century silver salver
maker's mark indistinct, Birmingham 1932
Square form with guilloche borders embellished with shell and leaf motifs, the centre engraved with presentation inscription, "Celebrating the record breaking achievements of Charles C. Wakefield in support of Jim Mollison's Britain to Brazil air speed adventure Hotel Ritz, Paris", raised on four graduated circular feet, length 35cm, weight 50.5oz.

Footnotes

  • Charles Cheers Wakefield, 1st Viscount Wakefield (12 December 1859 – 15 January 1941), was a British businessman and founder of the Wakefield Oil Company, later Castrol.
    Founded in 1899, Castrol brand lubricants produced by Wakefield's company were used in the engines of motor cars, aeroplanes, and motorcycles. Wakefield's personal interest in both racing and flying led him to sponsor many drivers' attempts to break the speed record, as well as competitive aviation events, including Jim Mollison's flight to Brazil in 1933.

    James Allan ("Jim") Mollison (19 April 1905 – 30 October 1959) was a Scottish pioneer aviator who set many records during the rapid development of aviation in the 1930s. As well as flying from England to Brazil in 3 days and 13 hours in 1933, a record time and the first solo crossing of its kind, commemorated by the present lot, Mollison had also previously set records for taking 8 days and 19 hours flying from England to Australia, and 4 days 17 hours flying from England to South Africa.
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