1928 GRAF ZEPPELIN airship porcelain tea cup saucer Heinrich Co. Bavaria, Germany-rare original LZ127 dirigible gold-trimmed in-flight service “LZ” tea set
Extremely rare “in flight service” china that was used on board of the legendary German rigid airship Graf Zeppelin in the 1920th. German designation for the famous airship was number LZ127; she became the most recognized blimp of the time after she completed the first intercontinental flight in 1928 and first around-the-world flight in 1929. Graf Zeppelin and its sister ship LZ129 Hindenburg had an innovative design and were designated for carrying many passengers and cargo over long distances. The passengers aboard Graf Zeppelin traveled in unparalleled luxury and comfort, enjoying their meals in the full-size dining room with dishes served on fine “ivory” china trimmed with 24K gold – see the actual photo of the ship’s interior dining area attached, courtesy of Wikipedia. You can read more about Graf Zeppelin on this dedicated Wikipedia page; this airship truly was the most famous blimp of all times.
One of the largest airships of the time, Graf Zeppelin had a crew of 36 (!!) men. Here are a few basic facts about LZ127: ship’s length – 776 feet/236.53 meters; ship’s diameter: 100 feet/30.48 meters; gas volume (Hydrogen): 3,700,000 cu. feet/111,000 cu. meters; propulsion: five 550HP German Maybach engines; maximum speed: 80 mph / 128 km/hr. The most successful commercial airship ever built, Graf Zeppelin flew more than a 1,000,000 miles on 590 flights, carrying well over 34,000 passengers without a single injury. Sadly, the Nazis cut up all of their rigid airships in 1940 – quality aluminum was needed for Luftwaffe’s war planes…
This “ivory porcelain” tea set is a shining example of such long-gone airship travel experience. The cup and saucer are decorated several gold bands with cobalt-blue band in the middle. The cup has the classic LZ logo on a side – “LZ” stands for Luftschiftbau Zeppelin, German company that built and ran these airships. The fine porcelain tableware for the LZ line was made by Heinrich & Co. in Bavaria, Germany. The saucer is marked with green H&Co. logo on the back and HEINRICH-ELFENBEIN-PORZELLAN / >>GRAF ZEPPELIN<< / 1928 in red letters. Master maker’s mark S is visible under the glazing. The saucer is in excellent overall condition with no damage; it is about 6-1/4″ / 16 cm in diameter; looks unused. The tea cup is also in unused condition; it is about 2-1/4″ / 5.5 cm high; the top is about 4-1/16″ / 10.2 cm in diameter. The bottom is marked H&Co Selb Bavaria / Heinrich & Co. / SENTA in green letters and HEINRICH-ELFENBEIN-PORZELLAN / >>GRAF ZEPPELIN<< 1928 in red letters.
This rare 1928 GRAF ZEPPELIN airship porcelain tea cup saucer Heinrich Co is in 100% original condition – not cleaned, repaired, or tempered with; these are the actual photos.
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