Flown printed fabric American flag, 5.75 x 4, and 4″ wide Gemini 6 mission patch, both of which were affixed to Schirra’s space suit during the Gemini 6 mission. Flag and patch are mounted, along with a photo of the space craft, and framed to an overall size of 15.5 x 12.5. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Schirra’s wife Jo, and Schirra’s crew mate Thomas Stafford, which states, in part: “The framed American flag…and mission patch that accompany this certificate were affixed to the space suit worn by Astronaut Walter M. Schirra during his historic Gemini 6 (GT-6A) flight with Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford on December 15–16, 1965…From the conclusion of this successful mission and for many years thereafter, this spacesuit worn/flown mission patch and flag were proudly displayed as framed in the Schirra family home until recently being offered for sale.” In fine condition.
The Gemini 6 mission was one of the more unusual of the program. After the explosion of the Agena docking vehicle they planned to use for their mission, and the subsequent cancellation of their launch due to a faulty plug, the capsule finally launched on December 16, 1965, and performed docking maneuvers with Gemini 7, which launched earlier in the month. The original design for the mission patch incorporated the Agena vehicle, but was later changed to show two capsules. A true rarity, as the astronaut’s personal patches from any mission seldom appear for auction. RR Auction COA.