Original Academy Award won by Charles Crawford Davis in 1947 for his contributions to the film industry, specifically for his development and application of an improved film drive filter mechanism that integrated sound and film in recording cameras and projectors. EXTREMELY RARE AND ORIGINAL ACADEMY AWARD WON BY CHARLES CRAWFORD DAVIS IN 1947 FOR HIS DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF AN IMPROVED FILM DRIVE FILTER MECHANISM. He received his engineering degree at the University of Michigan and began working in the film industry shortly after serving with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Davis created and patented techniques for the integration of sound and film in recording cameras and projectors. His innovations were widely used in the film industry and likely used in the films.(1942), and many others from that time period. THIS MECHANISM INTEGRATED SOUND AND FILM IN RECORDING CAMERAS AND PROJECTORS AND WAS USED IN THE FILMS. The bronze tablet-style award features the Oscar figure in relief and a tablet next to it that reads, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement, both of which are mounted to a black marble base. A plaque attached to the front of the base contains the following engraved inscription, Presented to C. Davis and Electrical Research Products Division of Western Electric Company, for the Development and Application of an Improved Film Drive Filter Mechanism, 1947. The award measures 6.25 by 6 (with the base measuring 6.5 by 3.25), in fine condition with a professional repair to a crack along the base and minor tarnishing to the plaque, and authenticated by Nate D. THE HOLY GRAIL OF HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA THAT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO OBTAIN IN PRIVATE HANDS AND A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. In addition to Davis importance as an audio engineer, official awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are nearly impossible to obtain in private hands and the extreme rarity of this particular award makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sanders Auctions in February 2012. The item "RARE & Original 1947 Academy Award Oscar Holy Grail of Hollywood Memorabilia" is in sale since Wednesday, May 2, 2018. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Other Movie Memorabilia". The seller is "grayautographs" and is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.