A Swiss 1914 FAI Balloon Competition Award Cup to Professor Liefmann
FAI Balloon Competition Award Cup to the Leader of the Bodensee, Professor Liefmann, Zurich, 1914; Silver, maker marked "H. HUBER", hallmarked, marked "0,800" (silver) and number stamped "24015" on the bottom, alternating short and tall recessed upward pointing rays ringing the bottom half of the cup, obverse with a silver and enamelled insignia affixed, illustrating the FAI insignia (FAI the acronym for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale = World Air Sports Federation), incorporating an airship and a balloon, with a spread-winged eagle below, with a curving blue ribbon banner inscribed "AERO-CLUB SUISSE" (Aero Club of Switzerland), marked "0,800" (silver) and hallmarked above the right tip of the eagle's wing, reverse engraved "Dem Führer des Ballon Bodensee Professor Liefmann zur Erinnerung an den Ballon-Wettbewerb vom 7. Juni 1914 in Zürich" (The Leader of the Balloon Bodensee, Professor Liefmann, Commemorating the Balloon Competition on June 7, 1914 in Zurich), measuring 57.7 mm in diameter at the mouth, 41.3 mm in diameter at the base and 92.5 mm in height. Tarnishing evident, extremely fine. Footnote: The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI = The World Air Sports Federation) is the world governing body for air sports, aeronautics and astronautics world records, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. The FAI was founded at a conference held in Paris, France from October 12 to 14, 1905, which was organized following a resolution passed by the Olympic Congress held in Brussels, Belgium on June 10, 1905, calling for the creation of an association "to regulate the sport of flying, ... the various aviation meetings and advance the science and sport of Aeronautics." The conference was attended by representatives from eight countries: Belgium (Aero Club Royal de Belgique), France (Aero-Club de France), Germany (Deutscher Aero Club e.V.), Great Britain (Royal Aero Club), Italy (Aero Club d'Italia), Spain (Real Aero Club de Espana), Switzerland (Aero-Club der Schweiz) and the United States (Aero Club of America). Among the FAI's responsibilities is the verification of record-breaking flights, which must adhere to strict FAI rules, which includes a provision that the record must exceed the previous record by a certain percentage.