The Charles & Robert balloon, 'Globe', c 1783.

1783-1810 in Europe

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One deep dish in Bristol Delft, 14, aeronaut with rudders. 35.7cm diameter x 5cm high. Gautier 9101'
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One deep dish in Bristol Delft, 14", aeronaut with rudders. 35.7cm diameter x 5cm high. Gautier 9101

One deep dish in Bristol Delft, 14', aeronaut with rudders. this scent holder made in the shape of the Charles & Robert balloon, 'Globe'. This was the world's first gas balloon, designed by a French professor of physics, Jacques Charles, and constructed by the brothers Jean and Noel Robert, who had developed a special rubber-coating for the hydrogen-filled balloon. It made its first unmanned ascent from the Place des Victoires, on 27 August 1783. Later, on 1 December 1783, Professor Charles and Noel Robert made the first manned hydrogen balloon flight.


Penn-Gaskell Collection
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hot-air balloons
Penn-Gaskell Collection

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