Ref: AI001, 1840
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Taken from an original antique steel engraving published circa 1840. The first balloon flights took place in France in Paris in 1783, 120 years before powered flight was achieved, in a balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers. This engraving features hot air balloons by Montgolfier brothers. This engraving features Hot Air balloons by Montgolfier, Charles & Roberts, Lunardi and Blanchard. An early form of parachute by Garnerrin is also shown.
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We make our own frames from moulding hand finished in our workshops. The standard finish is a distressed black with a gold slip inserted for the larger maps.
We finish the moulding in two other colours, Antique Red and Antique Green. These colours can be used on any of our prints or maps, both reproductions and originals, but have been chosen specifically to suit some of the antique prints and illustrations.
Some of the maps are very big so for weight, shipping and safety reasons we use 3mm acrylic as the glazing material.