Airship GRAF ZEPPELIN 1928 Heinrich Co porcelain cup saucer – rare gold-trimmed “LZ” in-flight China made in the 1920th in Bavaria, Germany
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.
This coffee set is a shining example of such long-gone airship travel experience. The cup and saucer are decorated two gold bands with one 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 these airships. The fine porcelain tableware for the LZ line was made by Heinrich & Co. in Bavaria, Germany. The saucer is marked with the H&Co. logo on the back and HEINRICH-ELFENBEIN-PORZELLAN / >>GRAF ZEPPELIN<< / 1928; maker’s mark S is visible under the glazing. The saucer is in excellent overall condition with no damage; it is about 4-3/8″ / 11.3 cm in diameter; looks unused. Coffee cup is practically unused as well but has a chipped rim; about 2-1/4″ / 5.7 cm high; the top is about 2-3/8″ / 6 cm in diameter. The bottom is marked H&Co Selb Bavaria / Heinrich & Co. / SENTA / GRAF ZEPPELIN. Don’t forget to check out our Vintage Collectables section for other aviation-related listings, including several other Graf Zeppelin items.
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 550 hp 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… You can read more about Graf Zeppelin on this dedicated Wikipedia page; this airship truly was the most famous blimp of all times.
This Airship GRAF ZEPPELIN 1928 Heinrich Co porcelain cup saucer set is in 100% original condition – not cleaned, repaired, or tempered with; these are the actual photos. Will ship via insured USPS Priority Mail within the US (insured USPS International Priority Mail for international buyers).