This hand painted enamel features a colorful Montgolfiere hot air balloon, making it’s ascent from Strasbourg UK in 1784. Landmarks of the town are detailed below, including the Gothic spires of the Cathedral of Notre Dame at Strasbourg.
This is an early piece from the Halcyon Days Revival collection. It was released in 1978 along with two other hot air balloon designs “with the men in mind.” A photo from the Fall 1978 Halcyon Days catalog is included for reference.
The Story of the Ascent at Strasbourg:
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier were the inventors of the first practical hot air balloon. The first free (non tethered) human flight took place on November 21, 1783, by science teacher Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes. The flight began from the grounds of the Château de la Muette in the western outskirts of Paris. They flew aloft about 3,000 feet (910 m) above Paris for a distance of about 5.6 miles (9 km). After 25 minutes, the balloon landed outside the city ramparts on the Butte-aux-Cailles.
This is a larger box, measuring 2.5 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches tall. The enamel and findings in beautiful condition. This hot air balloon box does not have an original velvet lined display box, but you may rest assured that it will arrive well protected in a gift box.
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