Lot 97: Esterbrook dipping pen used by President Kennedy to sign Executive Order 10988, entitled 'Employee-Management Cooperation in the Federal Service.' The pen measures 6.25? long and features a black plastic grip with a Lucite handle imprinted with "The President—The White House." The pen is mounted within a mat bearing descriptive calligraphy reading: "This pen was used by President John F. Kennedy in signing Executive Order Number 10988, January 17, 1962, and presented to Daniel P. Moynihan." Also matted with a typescript copy of the first page of the executive order to an overall size of 15.5 x 19.75. The backing of the frame very loose but repairable, otherwise fine condition. This was an important pro-labor executive order recognizing the right of federal employees to collective bargaining; Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who would later become a senator, served as an assistant secretary of labor for policy in the Kennedy administration.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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