Decorative Fan With First Hydrogen Balloon

Decorative Fan With First Hydrogen Balloon

This decorative fan from the Kendall Collection depicts the ascent of J.A.C. Charles' first hydrogen balloon from the Tuileries Palace on December 1, 1783, and the landing at the village of Nesles-la-Vallée, outside Paris. The sticks may be mahogany with bone inlay.

  • WEB14847-2015

  • Copyright/Owner: Smithsonian Institution
  • Source: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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