Fine and rare silver & enamel cigarette case featuring an example of the Bleriot XI, a monoplane. The first of its kind to cross the English Channel. The case of rectangular curved form, the cover enamelled with a depiction of a Bleriot XI amongst the clouds with a gilt interior. The box stamped 900 within the inner lip and attributed to Louis Kuppenheim of Pforzheim.
Notes | Louis Blériot was an Aviation pioneer inspired by the Wright Brothers’ ability to use wing warping to fly an airplane. He modified his one-of-a-kind monoplane and set off to become the first person to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft. His success resulted in a cultural epiphany that aviation wasn’t simply a toy for rich playboys, but could be a valuable tool to shrink the world.
Measurements | 8cm High x 10cm Wide x 1cm Deep
Condition | Excellent, minor use wear consistent with age. No damage or repairs to the enamel.