Lot 9027: John Kennedy, Jr. Birmingham Silver Baby Spoon Gift

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2017-05-02 11:49:49

Lot 9027

Attractive sterling silver Birmingham, Alabama souvenir 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 Bromberg & Co. Jewelers, the spoon measures 4.5? in length and .75? in width. The bowl is engraved "Birmingham," the transition bears raised text, "Alabama," and the finial features the great seal of Alabama in relief; the reverse of the finial is engraved, "Jack Jr." Includes the original Bromberg & Co. Jewelers gift box and ribbon. In fine condition, with a slight patina to the front and back of bowl. 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."

Estimate: $500-700

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