Very Special Hindenburg LZ129 Lakehurst Crash Duralumin Girder Relic Display


Hindenburg LZ129 Lakehurst Crash Duralumin Girder Relic Display, by Ron Cole

Very rare duralumin (aluminum alloy) section from the control cabin of Zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg, paired with Ron Cole's original composition of this airship at Lakehurst Naval Air Station - from where these pieces were recovered on May 6th, 1937 - in this handmade 24x18-inch wall-hanging display. Limited edition - one of only 16. Signed & numbered.

The wreckage of the Hindenburg was mostly melted for scrap. Over 150,000 pounds of frame metal went to the National Bronze and Aluminum Foundry Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, whose contract forbade the use of the metal for "ash trays, book ends or any similar articles." Thus, authentic material, especially metal, will forever remain extremely rare and difficult to find. 

Each of these displays includes a carefully cut 2x2-inch section of this duralumin material, affixed to the reinforced canvas over a graphic that shows the larger section from which it originated, to show its context within the structure. 

These Hindenburg parts were recovered from the scene of the crash by Valentine Pasvolsky, who was the township engineer of nearby Lakewood, New Jersey. A Russian immigrant and veteran of both World Wars, he personally drove crash victims to the hospital, making several trips. His grandson, from whom these parts were acquired, remembers his grandfather retelling the story, and bringing these parts out of a box to show him. Valentine passed away in 1980. His grandson rediscovered the parts only in 2020, and provided a letter of provenance, as well as several newspaper articles about his grandfather, with this collection. 

The artwork itself, which is Giclée-printed on archival acid-free matte canvas, is 24x18-inches in size, and is mounted in a black open frame. 

We have endeavored to price these pieces very reasonably, in keeping with the Cole's Aircraft goal of making history like this available to most everyone. A girder section from the Hindenburg was auctioned through Bonhams for $24,000.00, and tiny fragments of this airship often sell for over $1000.00. 

These will not last very long.   



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