WILBUR WRIGHT - CHECK SIGNED-WRIGHT BROTHERS/WILBUR 10/11/1911 CO-SIGNED BY: HOWARD WARFIELD GILL - HFSID 6080
WILBUR WRIGHT and HOWARD W. GILL Wright signs a $200 check to Howard W. Gill, who endorses it. The colorful Gill, a member of the Wright ExhibitionTeam, would die in a mid-air collision at an air race less than one year later. Check filled out and signed: "Wright [B]rothers/W.W.", 6¼x2¾.
Sale Price $3,825.00
WILBUR WRIGHT and HOWARD W. GILL
Wright signs a $200 check to Howard W. Gill, who endorses it. The colorful Gill, a member of the Wright ExhibitionTeam, would die in a mid-air collision at an air race less than one year later.
Check filled out and signed: "Wright [B]rothers/W.W.", 6¼x2¾. Endorsed: "Howard W. Gill". Dayton, Ohio, 1911 October 11. Drawn on The Winters National Bank, payable to Howard Gill for $200.00. At the time of this check, the Wright Brothers were in the midst of a lawsuit against Glenn Curtiss. On September 13-14, 16, 1911, four weeks earlier, Wilbur had submitted depositions in New York in The Wright Company v. The Herring-Curtiss Company and Glenn H. Curtiss patent suit. Four weeks after this check, on November 4, 8-9, 1911, Wilbur and Orville experimented with and flew a Curtiss airplane in Dayton, to gain familiarity with the control mechanisms which they claimed infringed the Wright patents. In 1914, almost two years after Wilbur's death, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of New York rendered a decision in favor of the Wright company in its suit. The suit began in 1909 against the Herring-Curtiss Company and Glenn H. Curtiss. The court decided that the Wright patent was a pioneer patent entitled to very broad construction, and it permanently enjoined Curtiss from manufacturing or selling airplanes in which two ailerons function simultaneously to produce different angles on the right and left wingtips. HOWARD WARFIELD GILL (1883-1912) was the wealthy heir of tea importing company; his father Martin Gill, had invented the tea bag! Howard Gill, an auto racer and balloon enthusiast, built his own aircraft, modeled on a Curtiss biplane, in 1909. In April 1911, Gill enrolled in the new Wright Brothers School of Aviation, passing the final flight test almost immediately. In May, he joined the Wright Exhibition Team, becoming a star attraction at air exhibitions and competitions. Flying a Wright biplane, he died in a mid-air collision with a French flyer during an air race in Cicero Illinois in September 14, 1912. Lightly soiled and creased. "others" lightly smudged, the "Br" obliterated by hole punch. Show through from bank stamps on verso touch writing and signature. "Pinched" pinhole at blank left. Otherwise, fine condition.
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