Orville Wright Envelope and Fabric

05 Jun

Air mail envelope, 7.25 x 3.75, bearing four December 17, 1936, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina cancellations, signed in black ink in the lower left by Wright. Beautifully matted and framed against a 19.5 x 16.5 reproduction photo of the first flight, along with a small swatch of original fabric from the original Wright flyer, flown on December 17, 1903, to an overall size of 22 x 18. Accompanied by a photocopied letter of provenance which states that the original larger relic, from which this piece was removed, was marked with a blue ink notation which read, “Fabric from Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk Harvey D. Geyer 3/2/51.” Period typing on the sheet above reads: “All of the fabric for covering the original Kitty Hawk plane was muslin, purchased from Hunter & Hardy Dry Goods Store E. Third Street, Dayton Ohio, and known as ‘Pride of the West’ muslin.” In fine condition. RR Auction COA.


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