On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh literally flew into history when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, thus becoming the first pilot to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. This flight made Lindbergh a household name and catapulted him into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. More than 75 years after the Spirit's historic flight, Lindbergh's name still has the power help sell manufactured goods.
Gift of the Stanley King Family.
3-D Test: 20.3 x 7.6 x 29.2cm, 1kg (8 x 3 x 11 1/2 in., 2 3/16lb.)
Ceramic, cork, paper
A blue and white glazed wheel shaped ceramic bourbon bottle on a roughly rectangular hollow gold glazed base. Topped with a blue glazed cylinder shaped porcelain and cork stopper with a gold figurine of the Ryan constructed Spirit of St. Louis aircraft on top of it all. On the front of the container is a liquor manufactures label detailing the contents as well as the producer’s name. On the front face of the decanter are details of Lindbergh's flight to Paris in 1927, additionally the bottle denotes that it is produced as a 50th anniversary commemorative object. On the back of the decanter are details of Lindbergh's national tour of the USA also in 1927 with some details of the flight and a map of the USA and the cities visited along with the dates of those stops. On the underside of the base in raised relief lettering is the name of the manufacture of the decanter along with liquor companies name and the date of production.