Two items flown to the surface of the moonApollo 15 Lunar Module Flown Large American Flag and Crew-Signed "Sieger" Cover #24 in Framed Display with a Note to Irwin from Dave Scott, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin, with COA. An 11.5" x 7.5" cloth U.S. flag that flew to the lunar surface on the Lunar Module Falcon double matted and framed to an overall 28" x 25.5" with a note from Dave Scott about the flag, an original LM-flown "Sieger" cover with the notarized statement accompanying it (see below for more details), and an unsigned color photo of Irwin on the moon. The note from Scott reads: "Jim/ 8 Flags + 2 patches -/ ½ of those that reached/ Hadley on 1 Aug 71/ Dave". A beautiful display piece with two items that flew to the surface of the moon. Excellent.
Sieger Cover: A philatelic cover with a color cachet based on the Apollo 15 mission insignia. At upper left is printed the following: "This envelope was/ carried to the moon/ aboard the Apollo 15/ #24 of 300 to the/ lunar surface in/ L. M. 'Falcon'" (the number is handwritten). At lower left are the signatures of the crew: "Dave Scott", "Al Worden", and "Jim Irwin". It bears a 10¢ "Antarctic Treaty" stamp cancelled on the launch date of July 26, 1971, at Kennedy Space Center. At lower right is a se-tenant pair of 8¢ "United States in Space" / "Decade of Achievement" stamps cancelled on board the U.S.S. Okinawa on the splashdown date of August 7, 1971. Accompanying it is an original notarized typed Certification letter, one page, 7.25" x 10.5" (sight size), July 19, 1983. It was created for this particular "Cover No. 24" and has been signed by all three crewmembers: "Alfred M. Worden", "David R. Scott", and "James B. Irwin". It explains the chain of provenance from start to finish. A complete transcription is available on our website.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Mary E. Irwin-Vickers stating, in full: "James Irwin's large United States Flag Carried To The Lunar Surface. Flown United States flag, made from silk, 7½ by 11½ inches. Carried to the lunar surface during Apollo 15. Included, in the framed presentation, is the original manuscript note written by Commander Dave Scott to Jim which states: 'Jim: 8 flags + 2 patches-1/3 of those that reached Hadley (Delta) on 1 Aug. 71' (The reason that the flown flag is not signed by Colonel Irwin, he said, "I will not mar the American flag by writing on it.") Unauthorized Postal Envelope Carried To The Lunar Surface On Apollo 15. Never Approved By NASA Before The Flight. Flown Apollo 15 postal cover, 3½ by 6½ inches, having a cachet of the Apollo 15 crew emblem, a CSM blazing ahead of a red, white, and blue contrail, and early Army Air Corps pilot wings with a duel blade propeller. Additionally, there were two postmarks, one from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) dated July 26,1971 (launch date) and the other from the U.S.S. Okinawa dated August 7,1971 (splashdown and crew recovery date). The upper left-hand corner reads: 'This envelope was carried to the moon aboard the Apollo 15 mission. #24 of 400 to the lunar surface in L.M. Falcon.' The left lower front of envelope #24 is signed by all three crew members of Apollo 15."
Re: UNITED STATES LUNAR MISSION - APOLLO 15
July 26 - August 7, 1971
The undersigned, COLONEL ALFRED M. WORDEN, COLONEL DAVID R. SCOTT and COLONEL JAMES B. IRWIN, certify that:
1. They were the crew members of the United States Lunar Mission - Apollo 15 during the period from July 26 to August 7, 1971;
2. Postal covers were carried aboard the Apollo 15 Mission, which postal clovers were stamped and postmarked at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on the date of the launch, July 26, 1971, and carried aboard the Apollo 15 Spacecraft during the entire term of the Mission, to include
orbit of landing on [initialed in margin AMW, DS, JBI] the moon, and were returned to the Earth at the termination of the Mission on August 7, 1971. At that time, the covers were again stamped and postmarked aboard the U.S.S. Okinawa, Pacific Ocean, and signed by each of the Astronauts, COLONEL ALFRED M. WORDEN, COLONEL DAVID R. SCOTT and COLONEL JAMES B. IRWIN;
3. The postal covers were in the possession of one or more of the undersigned until 1972, at which time they were deposited with the United States Government; and
4. The undersigned have this date inspected Postal Cover No. 24, bearing NASA Serial No. 077, and aver, affirm and certify that said Postal Cover is a cover which was carried aboard the United States Lunar Mission - Apollo 15.
The undersigned have this date executed this Certification for the purpose of identifying said Postal Cover and certifying that said Postal Cover was carried aboard the United States Lunar Mission - Apollo 15.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of July, 1983.
[signed] Lois M. McIntosh
My Commission Expires August 3, 1986
[Blindstamped SEAL present]
[signed] Alfred M Worden
Alfred M. Worden
[signed] David R. Scott
David R. Scott
[signed] James B. Irwin
James B. Irwin
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