One of a kind special display for the Holidays! Open framed 20x16-inches archival matte canvas, ready-to-hang!
Own an incredibly rare piece of Great War aviation history! Authentic and with full provenance British-built SPAD S.VII c. 1917 authentic and original pilot's cockpit headrest relic display with original artwork of this specific aircraft in service by Ron Cole.
This SPAD S.VII was one of many of this type built in Britain under license after April 1917. After the Great War it, and an identical SPAD, were sent to the United States. One was purchased by renown collector George B. Jarrett, who displayed it for many years at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After World War II, Jarrett sold off his aircraft collection, which by then had been rebuilt with newer materials. Many of the original parts from Jarrett’s SPAD were sold and gifted to Robert Boehme of Seattle, Washington. The markings that this SPAD carried during the war are specifically unknown but are represented in this artwork based upon large portions of its original fabric - such as the sample at right. The Boehme Estate was acquired by Cole’s Aircraft n 2022.
Col. George B. Jarret's original photographs of his SPAD S.VII, from which this original headrest was removed in the 1940s and sent to collector Richard Boehme:
Possibly the only original-to-1917 SPAD S.VII headrest that survives today, the backside of this example retains the shipping envelope from Col. George B. Jarrett while he was stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds during World War II to 1947. The headrest itself is attached to this display with Velcro tabs to allow removal to view this terrific historic detail and provenance:
Each display arrives ready to hang in a black 23x19-inch frame (artwork with fabric is 20x16-inches).
One of a kind! Signed & numbered one of one!
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