DescriptionCharles A. Lindbergh: An Amazing Collection of Items Formerly Owned by the Aviation Pioneer. Obtained directly from a close intimate of his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh, this collection represents some of the most exciting Lindbergh-owned objects ever to appear on the market. Included are:
(1) His personal pocket watch, with the initials "C.A.L." emblazoned on the back. A practical, inexpensive stainless steel watch, it shows many, many years of pocket wear, and was obviously a much-loved, comfortable possession.
(2) A set of well-used flying goggles with the original aluminum case. Lindbergh was often photographed with his goggles pushed up above his forehead. This particular pair is a style he would have worn from 1931 up until the early days of World War II according to respected Lindbergh authority Ev Cassagneres, whose letter of expertise accompanies the item. Flight-worn gear from famous aviators is highly popular with collectors: in 2005, a set of goggles and leather flying cap belonging to Amelia Earhart sold for a total of $19,718 in a Heritage auction.
(3) An amazing watch which was formed by hollowing out an actual United States $20 gold piece, with the solid gold watchworks made so that they could be folded out rather like a travel clock. This watch, an expensive trifle even in its day, was presented to Lindy on January 4, 1928 by the President of Honduras, while the celebrity visited the Presidential Palace as a stop on the world tour honoring him for his historic trans-Atlantic flight the year before. It comes with the original presentation box, which has a notation in Lindbergh's own handwriting on the inside as shown. These watches are highly prized by collectors: an example of this type could easily fetch $5,000 - 10,000 even without the connection to a famous owner.
(4) A very fine quality compass, quite possibly something presented to Lindbergh as well, but having no documentation.
(5) A photo I.D. badge worn by Lindbergh as a consultant to the Pratt & Whitney division of United Aircraft Corporation during World War II.
(6) An original sepia-tone 8 x 10" photograph of Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis.
(7) A magnificent gold-finish badge presented to Lindbergh on the occasion of the reception given him by the City of New York in 1927, following his historic flight. The image of Lindbergh being inundated by tickertape at the delirious New York parade is one of the most familiar filmed scenes of the 20th century.
The collection comes with a certification of the provenance signed by respected dealer John Reznikoff.
Charles "Lucky" Lindbergh was quite possibly the most famous and popular celebrity of the 20th century. His trans-Atlantic flight made him a hero of truly international proportions. And while American participation in World War I had certainly raised the nation's visibility on the world scene, it was Lindbergh's flight that truly drew America and Europe together, demonstrating just what a small world it is in which we live.
Lindbergh's reputation subsequently suffered somewhat as his pre-World War II isolationism and affinity for the German people made him a political pariah in some circles. However, revisionist historians are now taking another look at Lindbergh's actions during this period, and his reputation is slowly undergoing rehabilitation. His isolationism has often been wrongly misunderstood as pro-Nazi sentiment, but in point of fact, as soon as the United States entered the War, Lindbergh was an enthusiastic patriot. Denied a military commission because of his political activities, Lindy actually contrived to get himself into the Pacific Theater, where he flew military missions as a civilian volunteer. It has also been revealed that a major goal of Lindbergh's vilified visit to Nazi Germany in 1938 was to attempt to intercede behind the scenes on behalf of German Jews.
But however one views his politics, there is no denying the impact of Charles Lindbergh as a popular culture icon, or diminishing the effect his epic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis had on the rest of the 20th century. It is a rare occasion when such personal effects as the group offered here are available for private purchase.
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