Fantastic matte-finish 14 x 11 photo of the pair posing side-by-side in their bowler hats, signed and inscribed vertically in fountain pen, “With our best wishes Miss Vogel! Stan Laurel 1932” and “Oliver Hardy.” Reverse bears a Stax photographer’s stamp. In fine condition, with a few trivial edge dings and a couple small creases to lower left. An uncommonly large, crystal-clear image of the classic stars. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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Signed book: The Life of Marie Antoinette. Second edition. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1877. Hardcover, 5.5 x 8, 432 pages. Signed on the half-title page in crisp black ink, “Mary Lincoln, 1878.” A carte-de-visite portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln has also been affixed to the first free end page. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. An extremely rare autograph and marvelous association piece between powerful women.
Serial number 108721, made in 1863, caliber .44 with an 8″ round barrel having a dark bore with very good rifling. This is a standard revolver as procured for the Union and has several small inspectors’ initials on the metal. The one-piece walnut grip is sound and shows wear, with small handling marks and tiny dings on the butt, and a faint outline of a government inspector’s cartouche on the left side. All of the steel surfaces have an even dark patina with very good factory lettering, only the “Patent” marking on the frame is a little light at the bottom. The cylinder retains about 50% of the naval engagement scene with several small dings, all of the safety pins are worn flat as is common. The brass triggerguard has an ocher patina. All of the serial numbers match on the metal with the wedge being a later replacement. The mechanism works properly. This is a nice example of a Colt Civil War Army revolver and as an antique gun it will transfer without any restrictions.
Schirra’s laminated NASA identification badge for the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, 2.5 x 3.75, circa 1978, featuring an image of him with text below reading, “Schirra, Astronaut.” Two areas on the reverse are filled out in type with his badge number, “A-030,” and name, “Walter J. Schirra, Jr.” Reverse is also stamped with the signature of a security officer at the bottom. In the lower margin the badge is identified as: “JSC Form 334A (June 78).” In fine condition, with expected wear from use. The Leon Ford Collection.
Flown sterling silver Jewish necklace carried into space on the Apollo 9 mission, with a .75″ mezuzah charm suspended from the 23″ long chain. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from McDivitt, in full: “I certify that this silver Mezuzah necklace was flown onboard Apollo 9 on her flight in March, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” The mezuzah is a parchment inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah and contained in a decorative case. While this case is sealed and thus not possible to verify the contents, it would traditionally hold the rolled piece of parchment with the verses of the Shema prayer. The mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe of Jewish homes in order to fulfill the mitzvah, or Biblical commandment, to have the prayer on the doorpost of the house. There were no Jewish astronauts on Apollo, and as far as we can ascertain this is the only known Jewish religious artifact ever to fly on an Apollo mission. A truly remarkable and stunning piece.
Gordon Cooper’s silver ‘senior pilot’ astronaut wings badge produced by Vanguard, measuring 3″ long, hallmarked on the reverse, “Vanguard, 1-V, 10K.” Includes a brief handwritten letter of provenance signed by Cooper, in full: “These wings presented in Wash DC. by Gen Curtis Lemay to Gordon Cooper—1963.” Some light tarnishing to the wings and heavy overall creasing and wrinkling to the letter, otherwise overall fine condition. A rare and important example from Cooper, who piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight on May 15, 1963.
Flown checklist page carried on board Apollo 11, labeled “MCC Burn Chart,” page 3-108a, 10.5 x 8, removed from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint, “Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin,” and signed below in blue ballpoint, “Michael Collins.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Aldrin, in part: “Sheet numbered 3-108a…is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission…This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and was located at the beginning of hour 150 in the mission. Page 3-108a has a grid of terms and values associated with the MCC5 or Mid Course Correction engine burn number 5…MCC5 was about an eleven second burn using Columbia’s Reaction Control System thrusters. We fired those engines at 150 hours and 29 minutes into the mission. It was a retrograde maneuver that changed our velocity by some 4.8 feet per second. We did this burn for entry corridor control, which fine-tuned our flight path angle at entry into the earth’s atmosphere.” Accompanied by a printed excerpt from Michael Collins’s book Carrying the Fire referring to the MCC5 burn, a certificate of authenticity for the Collins autograph from Novaspace, and a photocopy of the cover of the flight plan. A fabulous piece from the personal collection of the Lunar Module Pilot that represents a mission-critical maneuver in the successful return of the Apollo 11 astronauts from their intrepid voyage to the lunar surface. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli