Our expert's notesProfessor Waxflatter's (Nigel Stock) ornithopter components from Barry Levinson's detective adventure Young Sherlock Holmes. The retired professor invented his flying machine while the youthful Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) attended Brompton Academy. Later, Holmes used the ornithopter to fly to the rescue of his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Hardy (Sophie Ward).
The components consist of two central wings, a tail wing and a front wing. They have a wooden skeletal frame that is reinforced with metal for stability. The frames are covered in treated canvas, secured with leather thong ties through metal findings. A number eight is printed on the central wings in dark grey ink, denoting the eighth incarnation of the invention. The components show age and production use throughout, including tears in the canvas on the central wings, rusting and water damage. The leather thong ties have also become brittle. Dimensions (largest wing): 130 cm x 282 cm x 10 cm (51 1/4" x 111" x 11 3/4")
£2,000 - 3,000
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