Inside lid: "The first sucessful ascent into the English atmosphere - The Prince of Wales was present on 15th September 1784 when Vincent Lunardi ascended in a Charliere balloon from the Artillery Ground, Moorfields, London." Inside base: B/W drawing "VINCENT LUNARDI after an engraving by Bartolozzi". 6th in a series of historic balloon ascents. 2 3/8" round hinged box in excellent condition in a replacement presentation case. Circa 1984-1985.
Other boxes available in this series are Calais (Rozier) 1785 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).