The Lone Eagle Bronze Bookends_Rare_Made by Local Foundry Nashua New Hampshire
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Sold Date: 02/17/2012
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Furniture & Furnishings
Here you have a rare set of bookends entitled The Lone Eagle in commemoration of Charles Lindbergh given this name after being the first person to make a non-stop flight from NY to Paris, France nearly 3,600 miles in the year 1927(see more history below).
The castings were originally made by local foundry, Spaulding Metal Works, Inc. in Nashua, N.H. (later Spaulding Associates), in 1950's, in business for 60 + years (2 generations) adding value to item.
4 1/4" Wide and 4" Height, Solid Heavy 4.5 lbs. Bronze with nice finish.
These bookends are rare and a great collectible. Great gift idea and history lesson for children and others.
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HISTORY on Charles Lindbergh THE LONE EAGLE if interested:Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) (nicknamed "Slim", [1 ] "Lucky Lindy", and "The Lone Eagle") was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist.
As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, Lindbergh emerged from obscurity to virtually instantaneous world fame as the result of his Orteig Prize -winning solo non-stop flight on May 20–21, 1927, from Roosevelt Field [N 1 ] located in Garden City on New York's Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France, a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km), [2 ] in the single-seat, single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis . Lindbergh, a U.S. Army reserve officer, was also awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor , for his historic exploit. [3 ]"At 7:52 A.M., May 20, 1927 Charles Lindbergh gunned the engine of the " Spirit of St Louis " and aimed her down the dirt runway of Roosevelt Field, Long Island . Heavily laden with fuel, the plane bounced down the muddy field, gradually became airborne and barely cleared the telephone wires at the field's edge. The crowd of 500 thought they had witnessed a miracle. Thirty-three and one half-hours and 3,500 miles later he landed in Paris, the first to fly the Atlantic alone. Working as a mail pilot a year earlier he heard of the $25,000 prize for the first flight between New York and Paris. Backed by a group of St. Louis businessmen, Lindbergh supervised the building of his special plane and set out after the prize. Other teams were attempting the feat - some had met disaster. Lindbergh equipped himself with four sandwiches, two canteens of water and 451 gallons of gas. Midway through the flight "sleet began to cling to the plane. That worried me a great deal and I debated whether I should keep on or go back. I decided I must not think any more about going back." On the evening of May 21, he crossed the coast of France, followed the Seine River to Paris and touched down at Le Bourget Field at 10:22P.M. The waiting crowd of 100,000 rushed the plane. "I saw there was danger of killing people with my propeller and I quickly came to a stop." He became an instant hero, "the Lone Eagle." New York City gave him the largest ticker tape parade ever, the president awarded him the Distinguished Flying Cross. His feat electrified the nation and inspired enthusiastic interest in aviation. /history/paris.asp
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