Lot 9026: John Kennedy, Jr. Strouss-Hirshberg's Spoon Baby Gift
18th May 2017
Wonderful silver baby spoon gifted to President-elect John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy upon the birth of their son John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 25, 1960. Manufactured by Oneida Limited, the spoon measures 4.25? in length and 1? in width, with the bowl and handle engraved, "Nov. 25, 1960" and "John Fitzgerald, Jr." Includes the original Strouss–Hirshberg's gift box. In fine condition; a light polish could further increase the spoon's attractiveness. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Mary Barelli Gallagher, the secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy and then later to First Lady Jackie Kennedy, in part: "This baby gift is one of the many gifts that had arrived daily to the home of President–Elect and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 3307 N St. N. W., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on the occasion of John Jr.'s Birth…Mrs. Kennedy would ask that I prepare a letter of thanks to the sender for her to sign, and this is one of the gifts that she offered me to take home. I donated the vast majority of these gifts to various charities, others I gave away to friends, relatives, etc., keeping the more interesting ones, such as this, for myself."
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