Lindbergh Fly Documentd Transatlantic Flight Souvenier
Documented souvenier from Charles A. Lindbergh's famous solo Transatlantic flight. He is noted as saying that there was a fly in his cabin that kept him company and kept him awake. When he arrived in France's Le Bourget field on May 20, 1927, he captured the fly and had a Parisian craftsman bronze it as a personal souvenier. There is a supporting document file named in the upper left corner "A.P.C. 197" (Alien Property Custodian) 197 hand written over which is "FILE X 1934 X-21171. The header reads "ALIEN PROPERTY CUSTODIAN ARLINGTON BUILDING VERMONT AVENUE AND H STREET WASHINGTON" The text is as follows: "THE LUCKY LINDY FLY SPIRIT OF THE AIR This letter shall serve as official notice that this common insect marsupial fly is in fact the actual insect which was on board the Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis piloted by Captain Charles A. Lindbergh during his world famous solo transatlantic flight from Floyd Bennett airport to Le Bourget field in Paris on May 20,1927. Lindbergh preserved this unorthodox cabin mate and had it intricatly and professionally bronzed by a french metallurgist as a potential jewelry keepsake. It later became the property of Mrs. Werlich, a friend of Mr. Paul Gerber, who presented it in its small speckled jewelers box." The bottom of the document is hard to read but appears to be signed first by "Frederick H. Jones NOTARY" and second by an illegible signature with the title A.P. Custodian. The document does have a light notary seal on the top edge. It is mounted on a blue green backing that does have some staining to the edges (See photos). The fly is indeed "intricatly" bronzed and is still in a speckled jewelers box. the box is still in excellent shape with age toning and minimal signs of age wear. Hinges show some oxidation but the spring action works fine and the box pops open and close pleasingly. I am not sure how the fly is attached to the velvet bottom so I don't want to pull at it to try to photograph it outside of the box. The fly is missing his front, right paw. Really a fascinating and unique item closely tied to both a famous personality and pioneer of flight and the actual event that made him immortal as well. Nothing more to say about this fascinating item.
Since listing I have received repeated messages from one member that says he believes there was no fly, that the fly was a product of the movie, and that the notarized document must be fake. I have lowered the sale price to what we spent on the item and am offering it as an interesting novelty. It may be real but to err on the sid eof caution I am deferring to someone who feels he is more informed then myself.