A silver cigarette case. Inscription on lid reads: "ROYAL AERO CLUB/KING'S CUP. 1935/E.W. PERCIVAL".
Percival was a competitor in the 1928, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, and 1938 Kings Cup air races. He never won the competition, with his highest placing being 3rd in 1937. In 1935, Percival placed 5th overall, competing in a Mew Gull of his design and his company's manufacture, reaching over 200 m.p.h. for the first time in race history.
Dr Robert C Percival collection
Edgar Wikner Percival was born in Albury on 23 February 1897. He was inventive and mechanically minded from an early age, working with his father, William Percival, on their property, Clarendon Park, at Richmond, New South Wales. While Percival studied engineering at Sydney Technical College and was apprentice to a marine engineering firm in Sydney, he was able to watch and fly with William (Bill) Hart, the first qualified pilot in Australia, when he moved his aviation school operations from Penrith to Ham Common, now Richmond Aerodrome, a short distance from Clarendon Park. In 1915, Percival joined the AIF, lying about his age to pursue a commission with the Royal Flying Corps which he achieved in 1917. After the war, Percival returned to Australia and undertook a variety of commercial flying activies, including aerial photography, map-making, geological surveying, joyflights and advertising. In 1929, Percival travelled to England hoping to sell one of his aircraft designs to an English manufacturer, but without success. Instead, Percival founded his own company, Percival Aircraft Company, to design and manufacture Great Britains first low-wing cantilevered monoplane, the Gull. Percival won many competitions and awards flying his own aircraft, and the Gulls quickly established a reputation for high performance, attracting the era's most daring pilots.Production place
Metal - non specific, Silver