Inside lid: "M. Pilatre de Rozier and M. Romain ascending from Calais in the "Aero-Montgolfiere" on the morning of June 15th, 1785." Inside base: B/W scene of a sailboat and the hot air balloon in the sky. 3rd in a series of historic balloon ascents. 2 3/8" round hinged box in excellent condition; however, the original presentation case is no longer available. It will come in a plain white gift box. Circa 1979-1980.
Other boxes available in this series are London (Lunardi) 1811 Balloon Ascent, Paris (D'Arlandes) 1783 Balloon Ascent, Strausberg (Montgolfiere) 1784 Balloon Ascent, and Hackney 1811 (Sadler) Balloon Ascent. (Note: there were 7 boxes in the original series).