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Fascinating archive relating to early pioneer of Military Ballooning Aviation set to sell on Dec 7th

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An archive of documents relating to Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Charles Trollope (1857-1913) is set to go under the hammer at our Thursday 7th December Winter Auction.
Trollope was an early pioneer of military aviation ballooning. Commissioned into the Grenadiers in 1877 he began ballooning as an amateur in 1882; later getting involved in expeditions that helped establish the embryonic Royal Air Force – including a Royal Engineers expedition of three balloons to Bechaunaland with the intention “to expel the filibusters who had raided the territory, and to reinstate the natives.”
 
Such forays instilled a love of aviation that would see Trollope become a key pioneer of military aviation at the turn of the 20th Century.
 
The archive includes a small quantity of photographs (including an early example of a manned balloom) and numerous handwritten and printed documents relating to ballooning. Examples include papers on balloon equipment from 1884, Military Ballooning by H.B. Jones, Lt,R.E. and Military Ballooning by Lt. Baden Powell, Scots Guards. There are also some small ballooning-related artefacts including a small numbered metal medal/tag from the Royal Engineers used in Bechaunalan, various small balloon fabric fragments and a selection of mounted cord samples. 
 
Other items of note include a confidential document dated 20/01/1896 on the subject of a successful expedition against the slave trader chief Zarafi in Central Africa. There are also some commission documents and various early programmes for early aviation exhibitions.
 
Hailing from a local, private collection this offers an extremely rare opportunity to procure an archive of significant military aviation historical importance. It carries an estimate of £1,800 – £2,200.
 
The full, illustrated catalogue for the sale can be viewed at cuttlestones.co.uk from Friday 1stDecember. Alongside bidding in the room, the telephone lines and by collision live internet bidding is available via bid.cuttlestones.co.uk;the-saleroom.com or easyliveauction.com
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