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Scott Carpenter’s Mercury-era Collier Trophy

Impressive Collier Trophy awarded to Scott Carpenter as one of the members of the Mercury 7, measuring 13.5″ tall with an 8.25 x 8.25 base, engraved on one side with the names of the first seven NASA astronauts, Malcolm S. Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard, Jr., and Donald Slayton, noting that they were being honored with the 1962 award “For pioneering manned space flight in the United States.” On the opposing side of the base is raised text describing the award, in full: “Awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association sponsored by Look Magazine for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, the value of which had been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Carpenter, in part: “President John Kennedy presented the 1962 Collier Trophy that accompanies this letter to me along with each of my Mercury 7 brothers. This occurred on Oct. 10, 1963 at a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. I consider this one of [the] most prestigious honors I have ever received and have proudly displayed it in my home for many years.”

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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John F. Kennedy Signed Choate senior portrait signed

Superlative sepia matte-finish 7 x 11 Choate senior portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Lemmer, The gayest soul I know—In memory of two tense years and in hopes of many more—your Pal and supporter! Ken.” Also signed by the photographer in pencil and dated 1935. Archivally triple-matted and framed to an overall size of 13 x 16.5. In very good to fine condition, with nearly imperceptible pencil shading to JFK’s eyebrows and lower lip and a small indentation to lower border affecting nothing. There is significant surface loss to the upper border edge (easily trimmed if desired) which is perfectly hidden by the tasteful matting to produce a remarkably attractive display, in which 6 x 9.25 of the photo is visible. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

Absentee Bidding Starts Thursday February 12, 2015

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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Paul Revere’s Handcrafted Spoon

Exquisite silver tablespoon made by famous silversmith and patriot Paul Revere, circa 1780s, with a 3″ long oval bowl and total length of 9,″ stamped “Revere” on the reverse of the downturned rounded-end handle, which is monogrammed at the end in foliate script with “DMS,” the initials of prominent Massachusetts couple Daniel Sargent (1731–1806) and Mary Turner Sargent (1743–1813). Mr. Sargent was a successful merchant and Mrs. Sargent was born in the house later made famous in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel House of the Seven Gables. An entry in one of Paul Revere’s ledgers on August 26, 1783, records the commission of a set of one dozen spoons by Daniel Sargent, reading: ‘Daniel Sargent / To 12 large Silver Spoons wt 25 / Making Sl / To Engraving 12 Cyphers.’ This coveted spoon originates from noted silversmith George Gebelein, an avid admirer and collector of Revere’s silver work, who acquired a set of six in 1938. Reference: 1998 encyclopedia on Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers by Patricia E. Kane (pg. 833). The spoon is beautifully double-cloth-matted and framed with a portrait and engraved plaque to an overall size of 19 x 20.

Remembered for his famous ‘midnight ride’ in April 1775 to warn his fellow patriots of the approaching British Army, which readied them for the important Battles of Lexington and Concord, Revere was one of the most prominent figures of the Revolutionary era. He was equally renowned for his silverwork, which remains some of the most desirable in the world, coveted as important pieces of artwork in prominent museum collections around the world. An especially interesting feature of this spoon in particular is the date that Sargent ordered it, as recorded in Revere’s day book—August 26, 1783. This was just one week before the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the Revolutionary War. An absolutely fantastic piece crafted by the iconic patriot.

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Warren G. Harding’s Vase

Stunning pitcher-style vase owned by the Hardings and displayed in the White House. Vase measures an imposing 11″ tall, with two painted floral panels on the sides, and the remainder of the vase being covered in an eye-catching raised relief design. Accompanied by a 1987 handwritten letter of provenance, on a White House card, by Lillian Rogers Parks, who was a best selling author as well as housekeeper and seamstress at the White House for over 30 years, from President Hoover through President Eisenhower. Letter reads, in part: “The lovely flower vase (11 inch) was owned by the Hardings. They gave it to my mother who was the first maid of the White House.” Also included is an important color photo of Parks posing with the vase many years ago. In fine condition. A superb porcelain example direct from the Harding White House.

 

 

 

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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RR Auction Apollo 9 Flown EVA Checklist

RR Auction Apollo 9Extremely rare and flown Apollo 9 EVA checklist, flown on board the Lunar Module ‘Spider,’ measuring 6 x 8 and consisting of 24 (12 double-sided) heavy, cardboard stock pages and bound by its original three rings in the left edge. Printed on the front cover is “APOLLO 9 EVA PART NO SKB32l000l l-301 S/N 1001.” A unique extra 4″ diameter ring is on the bottom of the back cover, to hook it onto the main control panel. Also, unlike the other checklists on this flight, each page has a Velcro tab and the cover has a Velcro strip to prevent them from floating away during the EVA.

This rare complete checklist, heavily notated by Dave Scott, covers the preparation for the stand up EVA performed by CMP Dave Scott, as well as LMP Rusty Schweickart’s preparation of the Portable Life Support System (PLSS); the steps scheduled for his space walk, and the depressurization and pressurization of the Command Module Gumdrop. There are dozens of checkmarks though-out the checklist which includes the procedures for the unstowing of EVA utility and camera equipment; crew transfer from CM to LM; Command Module Preparation; Crew Status; PLSS Comm Check (EVA COMM CONFIG); System Prep for Depress; ECS Redundant Component Check; Final Prep for Depress; Suit Test; Hatch Opening; Hatch Closing; Cabin Repress; Post EVA Systems Configuration; Post EVA Cabin Configuration; and the actual original procedures the EVAs of both the CMP and LMP. Schweickart was originally scheduled to make an EVA transfer on the outside of the Lunar Module over to the Command Module and transfer back to the Lunar Module (in the event of a future emergency rescue). However, due to his bout of space sickness the day before—the procedures outlined were scrubbed and Rusty stepped outside of the Lunar Module Spider and stood on the LM porch inserting his feet into the ‘Golden Slippers’ which are indicated in this checklist. Dave Scott would do a stand up EVA in the CM hatch and grab the experiments Rusty would otherwise have retrieved. The procedures herein reflect the original 2 hour 25 minutes of activity originally planned for two sunrise and two sunsets. The checklist also has a tabbed Contingency section in the event of other critical needs to closing the hatch and cabin depress and repress.

The checklist itself is signed and flight certified in green felt tip on the back cover by Mission Commander Jim McDivitt, “Flown on Apollo 9 Jim McDivitt A-9 CDR—Notes and checkmarks made by Dave Scott aboard Apollo 9,” and signed on the inside back cover in black felt tip, “Dave Scott Apollo 9 CMP.” The checklist itself is notationally dense, filled with checkmarks, and in-flight commentary. On page 15, under the heading, “EVA Debriefing,” the instruction reads “Log or voice record comments on hardsuit operation.” Under the instruction Scott writes, “Warm after about 5 min, never hot. Out ˜ 35 min of 50 min pass. Left hand only slightly warmer than right. Hatch open ˜ 30# close ˜ 40#. Held with about 40# for dogs to engage—not hot to left hand.”

Attached to the bottom ring is original Temporary Parts Removal Tag (Form 961-D) from North American Aviation, which is rarely seen on complete checklists and an important part of this rare artifacts chain of custody. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from McDivitt which reads, “I certify that this EVA checklist was flown onboard Apollo 9 and her LM Spider on Apollo 9’s flight from March 3–13, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” Also accompanied by two signed color satin-finish photos of the two astronauts who participated in the space walk: an 8 x 10 of Rusty Schweickart, signed and inscribed in silver ink, “To Art—Shakedown cruise of the first Apollo EVA & PLSS. Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 LMP”; and a 10 x 8 of Scott standing in the hatch of the command module, signed in black felt tip, “Apollo 9 stand up EVA, Dave Scott, Apollo 9 CMP.” The final accompaniments are two color photos of Scott and McDivitt holding the checklist after signing.

Apollo 9 was a very critical engineering and testing mission of all key aspects of making a lunar flight and landing, but done in Earth orbit. It was the first Apollo Mission to include the flight of the Lunar Module, docking and undocking of the two crafts. Further goals included: internal crew transfer from the docked CSM to the LM; special tests of the LM’s support systems; crew procedures; and tests of flight equipment and the extravehicular activity, or EVA mobility unit—the PLSS —which was the only planned EVA from the LM before an actual lunar landing; first solo flight of the CM by the CMP; and the only simultaneous EVA by the CMP & LMP while the commander was in the Lunar Module. The successful completion of this mission made possible the full dress-rehearsal flight of Apollo l0 in lunar orbit, and set the stage for the first landing of Apollo 11. Deke Slayton believed Apollo 9 to be the boldest move in Project Apollo. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auctions ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich Felt Tip Signature

RR Auctions ‘Pistol’ Pete MaravichFelt tip signature, “‘Pistol Pete,’ 7,” on an off-white 5 x 3 card. A small tear to the upper right and some slight surface loss to the reverse, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auction Lou Gehrig Vintage 6 x 8 Silver Gelatin Portrait

RR Auctions Lou GehrigVintage 6 x 8 silver gelatin portrait of Lou Gehrig in his New York Yankees road uniform from 1928. A 1928 date stamp and tag on back, and San Francisco Examiner paper tag on front. A missing corner, paper residue on back and general light wear including surface waves and wrinkles. Presents nicely. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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