A 1915 Curtiss Marine Flying Trophy Commemorative Medal
A 1915 Curtiss Marine Flying Trophy Commemorative Medal - Bronze, weighing 427 grams, maker marked "MADE BY THEODORE B. STARR. INC." on the bottom edge, marked "REAL BRONZE" on the reverse, illustrating a Curtiss aeroplane flying above the Curtiss Marine Flying Trophy in the centre with the inscriptions "CURTISS MARINE FLYING TROPHY 1915" above and " WON BY AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA / OSCAR A. BRINDLEY, PILOT / COMPLIMENTS OF GLENN H.CURTISS" below, 60 mm x 97.5 mm x 11 mm, light contact, extremely fine. Footnote: The actual Curtiss Marine Flying Trophy was a large creation in silver. It is believed that these smaller tombstone shaped bronze medals were awarded to the individual pilots who participated in the seaplane races of the period held off the California coast. These races were dangerous affairs replete with crashes and casualties and were observed with awe by a contemporary public fascinated with flying machines. In 1915, a Model TT was piloted by Oscar Brindley to win the Curtiss Marine Flying Trophy, for the longest flight within ten consecutive hours in the one day, covering 444 mi (710 km).