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Object Number: 
ca. 1910
Silver, wood
Overall: 17 3/4 x 14 x 3/4 in. ( 45.1 x 35.6 x 1.9 cm )
chased: at the top of the plaque: "COUPE AERONAUTIQUE/ J. GORDON BENNETT" in roamn letters engraved: at the bottom of the plaque: "ALLAN R. HAWLEY/ AMERICA II, 17 OCTOBRE 1910/ 1884 Kires en 44 heures 25" in roamn letters and script
Rectangular silver presentation plaque with a rounded top, mounted on a rectangular wooden backing; repoussé chased image of a dirigible rising out a swaged pyre with billowing smoke scrolls and laurel branches, a winged woman flies at the front and images of hot air balloons and an airplane are chased in the dirigible ballon; chased above, "COUPE AERONAUTIQUE/ J. GORDON BENNETT" in roman letters; engraved below, "ALLAN R. HAWLEY/ AMERICA II, 17 OCTOBRE 1910/ 1884 Kirves en 44 heures 25" in roman letters and script; maker's marks stamped in the lower corners.
Gallery Label: 
This plaque was awarded to Alan R. Hawley, the winner of the James Gordon Bennett International Balloon Distance Contest on October 17, 1910.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Alan R. Hawley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group