Made entirely by hand and in minute detail, the models of the Apollo 11 Capsule and Command Module have been crafted in sterling silver and fine 24ct gold. Lunar Module “Eagle”, used to descend to the Moon’s surface, is mounted on grey sandstone, emulating the moon, and has the footprints of the astronauts carved in perfect, tiny detail. The Command Module, the only portion of the spacecraft to return to Earth, is mounted on a base of rock crystal and sodalite, carved to represent the North Pacific Ocean where it landed.
Theo watched the moon landing with his Great-Aunt Mary who was born in 1880 and had seen London with no cars at all and was now seeing men walking on the moon! It has remained a seminal moment for him. As Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, he said those immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind.” It was simply mind-boggling.
‘For those of us of a certain age, this was genuinely far out. At a time of no computers or mobiles, where television was in black and white and had only three channels, this opened all of our minds to what the future might hold’