‘DOWNED’ ZEPPELIN L48 AIR FRAME SOUVENIR WALKING CANE

‘DOWNED’ ZEPPELIN L48 AIR FRAME SOUVENIR WALKING CANE

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A superb walking cane, the handle/head of which is made from crashed air-frame/wreckage of the L48 Zeppelin.

Turned duralumin handle with the pommel top engraved with the wording ‘L 48 Brought down at Theberton 1917’

Handle is grubby and with some ‘imperfections’. Cane shaft in good damage free condition, but with some scratching.

The cane base lower ground furrel is absent.

(Approx. 82cms 32inches in length).

Cane handle a little loose.

Excellent overall untouched condition.

(Cane only, airship/crash images for listing purposes only).

Zeppelin L48 was shot down at Theberton near Leiston on June 17th 1917 by Royal Flying Corps crews from Orfordness.

16 of the crew died during the crash, with only 3 survivors, one of the survivors dying later that day from burns.

L48 had earlier crossed the UK coast north of Deben at 17,000 feet. It dropped HE bombs on Falkenham, Kirton and Martlesham, mostly falling in fields.

On its run home it started to drift, giving three fighters from Orfordness the opportunity to attack it, the attack being successful.

The Zeppelin ‘kill’ was shared by the thee pilots concerned.