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A balloon in a rural landscape, with river and horsemen, late 18th century.

One snuff box, wood, rectangular, 3 3/4' x 2 3/4', bound in silver with painted lid. Montgolfier balloon, river and horseman.

A balloon at Fleurus, 1794.

One snuff box, French, ivory. Painted lid 'Battle of Fleurus'. Oval, 4 1/2' x 1 1/2'. The world's first military observation balloon. The balloon 'L'Entreprenant' was used by the French Republican Army to observe the combined Austrian and Dutch army

Snuff box decorated with ballooning scene, late 18th century.

One snuff box, papier mache, circular painted orange-vermilion, 2 3/4', painted lid with balloon and aeronaut over long building. This snuff box is taken from the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pl

A selection of 'ballooniana' objects, late 18th century.

Model of balloon, in glass and metal, 10', containing 4 scent bottles.French. With wooden travelling case.The objects, from the Penn-Gaskell collection, are: a model of a balloon which opens up to reveal four scent bottles, two teapots, two snuff box

Plates painted with aerial scenes,  c 1850.

French patriotic plate, 10', flying machine over trees and hills. Inscribed '1 er d'essai d'un navire aerien 1780'.

The first Wright Aeroplane, 1903.

Replica, modelled from the original. Orville Wright (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) made the world's first controlled and powered flights on 17th December 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Steam engine and boiler made for  Stringfellow's flying machine of 1847-8.

Original steam engine and boiler made for the Stringfellow flying machine 1847-8. John Stringfellow was a founder member of the Aeronautical Society (now the Royal Aeronautical Society) in 1866. In 1847-1848, he made a ten foot span model based on th

German Fokker E III Monoplane, 1915.

The Fokker E III Monoplane was designed for the German air forces by the Dutch aeroplane designer Anthony Fokker (1890-1939). The E III, or 'Eindecker' (one-wing) was a highly significant development in military aviation. Not only did it boast consid

Supermarine Napier S5, 1927.

Model scale 1:16 of Supermarine-Napier S.5.This aeroplane won the Schneider Trophy in 1927, at 454 kmph (281.7 mph). It was designed by Reginald J Mitchell (who also designed the S6B seaplane and the Spitfire fighter). The Jacques Schneider Air Racin

'Jason I', de Havilland DH60G Gipsy Moth, 1928.

Amy Johnson piloted Jason I to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia