Inside lid: "Mr. Sadler and Capt. Paget R.N. ascending from the gardens of the Mermaid Tavern at Hackney on August 12th, 1811". 2 3/8" round hinged box. 2nd in a series of historic balloon ascent boxes. In excellent condition; however, the original presentation case is no longer available. It will come in a plain white gift box . Circa approximately 1976.
Other boxes available in this series are London (Lunardi) 1811 Balloon Ascent, Calais (Rozier) 1785 Balloon Ascent, Strausberg (Montgolfiere) 1784 Balloon Ascent, and Paris (D'Arlandes) 1783 Balloon Ascent.(Note: there were 7 boxes in the original series).