Overall: 23 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. ( 59.7 x 40 cm )
Cast and wrought silver aeronautical trophy in the form of a hot air balloon supported by two winged victories holding laurel wreaths above two American bald eagles on a circular base with four feet; base repoussé chased with stars, moons and foliate designs; trophy rests on a silver and wood pedestal in the shape of the upper hemisphere of the globe with inscribed continents and longitude and latitude lines; four rests for the base feet applied around the sides; medallions applied to the front and back of the balloon, the front surrounded by rope and a dangling, cast anchor; front medallion engraved, "AERO CLUB/ AMERICA" in block letters; reverse medallion engraved, "THE LAHM/ AERONAUTICAL CUP/ IS OFFERED BY THE/ AERO CLUB OF AMERICA/ FOR A DISTANCE CONTEST IN THE UNITED STATES OPEN TO PILOTS/ OF THE CLUB./..." in block letters; four rectangular plaques with foliate decoration are applied to the wooden pedestal, to are engraved; retailer's marks stamped on a small plaque applied to the wooden pedestal.
Bequest of Alan R. Hawley
engraved: on the reverse medallion: "THE LAHM/ AERONAUTICAL CUP/ IS OFFERED BY THE/ AERO CLUB OF AMERICA/ FOR A DISTANCE CONTEST IN THE UNITED STATES OPEN TO PILOTS/ OF THE CLUB./ THIS CUP IS GIVEN TO COMMEMORATE THE/ VICTORY OF THE CLUB'S REPRESENTITIVE/ LIEUTENANT FRANK P. LAHM, U.S.A./ IN THE FIRST CONTEST FOR THE GORDON/ BENNETT INTERNATIONAL CUP, STARTING/ FROM PARIS, FRANCE, SEPTEMBER 30, 1906,/ CROSSING THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND/ LANDING AT FLYING DALES, ENGLAND./ OCTOBER 1, 1906, TRAVELING/ A DISTANCE OF 402 MILES/ AND DEFEATING FIFTEEN/ COMPETITORS." in block letters
engraved: on the plaques on the base: "CAPTAIN CHARLES DE F. CHANDLER, U.S.A./ ST. LOUIS, MO, TO WALTON, WEST VA, 473.56 MILES, OCT. 17, 1902/ A. HOLLAND FORBES./ ST. LOUIS MO, TO CHESTERFIELD CO. VA. 697.17 MILES, OCT. 12, 1909/ ALAN R. HAWLEY/ ST. LOUIS MO. TO LAKE TSITOGAMA CHICOUTIMI CO. PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, OCT. 17, 1910 1172.9 MILES."
engraved: front medallion engraved, "AERO CLUB/ AMERICA" in block letters
engraved: on small plaque apllied to the wood pedestal: "BLACK, STARR/ & FROST/ NEW YORK"
Presented to Alan R. Hawley (1869-1938), the donor.
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