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John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1961-1963

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Very Rare 1963 President Kennedy Trip Europe Gift Lighter  

This is one of the most sought after if not the most sought after of all official Presidential gift lighters. This is the famous 1963 President Kennedy's European trip gift lighter. This extraordinary rare lighter was given out by President Kennedy to those lucky enough to accompany him on which would turn out to be President Kennedy's last trip abroad. This was a important moment in President  Kennedy's historic career perhaps made most famous by his "Ich bin ein Berlier" speech. Which by the way you can watch online at The Kennedy Library web page as well as listen to Kennedy's address before the Irish Parliament which also took place on this trip. Very few of these lighter were made though an exact count is unknown.

I obtained this particular lighter directly from the family of a former Kennedy White House staffer. The lighter has the Presidential Seal etched in the front in blue (many of the existing examples of these that are left appear black because the blue has naturally worn off with time). On the Back in engraved

European Trip

of President Kennedy

June 1963

This lighter is in fantastic condition for its age with very little ware, please see detailed photos. It appears to have spent most of the last 55 years safely nestled in its original case. It will  need new flint and fluid to work if you so choice and both are commonly available. This lighter is 100 percent authentic with the 1963 date codes for a Zippo slim case lighter and the lighter itself has the hollow flint wheel rivet which they stopped using shortly after 1963.  What makes this particular lighter so wonderful besides the rarity and condition of the lighter itself, is that it comes with its original Zippo gold box, warranty card and The official The President gift card which is almost always missing and the card were larger then the boxes. The card is bent, but all original examples of these cards that came with these trip lighter were bent because they were inserted into boxes by The Kennedy White House and the cards used used were larger then the boxes the lighters came in. If you are a Kennedy collector or a serious Presidential lighter collector this is a must have for your collection. The Last Three photos are from this historic trip and included for reference only and not included.

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Very rare Sterling Silver Gift Pen

This is a very rare hard to find Sterling Silver Pen made for The Kennedy White House by silvercraft. Silvercraft took pens of other manufacturers and added a sterling silver overlay over the barrel, the presidential JFK's used either a Parker or a Sheaffer ballpoint for his Presidential pens. Silvercraft made a couple of different pens for JFK a Senator Pen, Pens for the Inauguration but the hardest to find and most sought after are the ones he gave out as official VIP Presidential gifts like this one. According to John Loring book The Presidential Pens Silvercraft made up Presidential Kennedy's first personalized presidential gift pen. This is one of these very rare pens and it is in excellent condition. This is a must have for the discriminating Kennedy collector. I obtained this pen directly from a former White House staffer. $1500.00

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Original Kennedy White house Parker Gift Pen

This is an original Parker jotter gift pen made for The Kennedy White House and given out by President Kennedy. They were first used in 1952 and we have documentation to this in a letter written in 1952by Evelyn Lincoln (President Kennedy's personal secretary) to Mr. Daniel Parker (The President of The Parker Pen Company) thanking him for furnishing the President with specially imprinted "Jotter" ball points for use as "Presentations and Mementos". These Parker Jotters are one of the most famous or perhaps infamous of all pens associated with The Kennedy White House. In fact this pens have an almost mystical appeal. One of the reason for this is because the Kennedy Presidential Library reproduced these pens and sold them at the library. Unscrupulous or unknowing dealers often tried to represent these reproduction as true treasure from Camelot. According to John Loring who wrote the bible on Presidential Pens.  The original pens can be easily be distinguished from the reproduction by the following Kennedy's signature is smaller in the original close to the same length of the wording The White House. The original pens have metal thread on the inside the newer one are plastic. The Threading on the original is finer and the reproduction threading is thicker and has a notch above the threading. The top of the pen on the originals is more smooth without the ridge on the reproductions. In fact John Loring looked at this pen and confirmed it was original. So if you are looking for a rare Kennedy item look no further this is as rare as it gets in fact this is the only one of these pens I have ever had up for sale. I was lucky to get this pen myself directly from the personal collection of a former White House staffer along with a couple other Kennedy pens. The pen shows light use but it its in excellent condition for its age. You can now own an original piece of Camelot that is one of the most famous and replicated of all Kennedy White House gifts. $1250.00

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Original President Kennedy Bill Signing Pen 40mm version

This is a very rare Bill Signing pen made for and used by President Kennedy throughout his entire Presidency. These pens were made by Esterbrook (a company which is now out of business) The bill signing pen has a black barrel and a clear Lucite top. Etched into the barrel of the pen are the words “The President-The White House”. The pen I have is an original 40mm inscription length version a type made for and ordered by The Kennedy White House to be used by President Kennedy as official bill signers. These were not White House gift pens. It was made for and used by the Kennedy White House as the official Bill signers when they ran out of the 37mm version. These pens were among the last Pens used by President Kennedy. Again this is an original 40mm version and not the much more common 43mm version used by LBJ. This particular Kennedy bill Signer is of the brown/gold imprinting as apposed to the somewhat more common white imprinting. According to John Loring the Author The Presidential Pen and one of the foremost authorities of Presidential Bill Signers and gift pens both the 40mm White and Brown/Gold imprinting were made for and used by President Kennedy.

Official Kennedy Bill signing pens are among the most sought after and valuable of all JFK collectibles.

Below are various photos of President Kennedy using this type of pen to sign bills throughout his Presidency. The last two photos are from original news wire photos that I owned and sold. They show President Kennedy using and giving out to VIP's these pens in 1961 and again in 1963 showing that he used this pens exclusively throughout his entire Presidency. The photos are for reference only.

This would make a great gift for any Presidential or Kennedy collector who wants a true museum quality original JFK item to display and cherish. $1250.00


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 Rare President Kennedy 10k Gold Filled VIP Gift President Gift   

This is a amazingly beautiful genuine 10k gold filled Presidential Seal Tie Tac or lapel pin. This was made for The Kennedy White House by Robbins Co of Attleboro Massachusetts which made most of the high end Jewelry for President Kennedy and Johnson. These rare 10k Gold Filled Gifts were only given out to true VIPs and heads of State and next to the exceptionally rare solid gold items were among The White House's most exclusive gifts at this time. The Tie Tac and box are in excellent condition except for some flaking of the insert which I have seen in all genuine examples of this item, do to age.  $350.00

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 Kennedy JFK PT-109 Presidential Gift Pin

One of the famous Kennedy PT-109 pin that he gave out on the campaign and then again after he because president as an official presidential gift. The PT109 pin he gave out in the campaign said Kennedy and 60 after it. This is the rarer and more valuable verity that he gave out after he was President. This pin was lovingly taken care of and it is in excellent shape. $50.00

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 Kennedy JFK PT-109 Presidential Gift Tie Bar  

 Kennedy was famous for giving out PT-109 pins and the rarer matching Tie Bars that he gave out on the campaign and then again after he because president as an official presidential gift. The PT109 pin and Tie Bar he gave out on the campaign said Kennedy and 60 after it. This is the rarer and more valuable verity that he gave out after he was President without the 60. Both JFK and his brother Senator Bobby Kennedy would often be seen wearing them. I have included just for reference a photo of Kennedy wearing one of the PT109 Tie Bars and a Photo from Life of Senator Bobby Kennedy wearing one so when you buy this item and wear it you know that you will be in good company. This tie bar has been used but it is in very nice shape for an item of its age. 125.00

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Kennedy White House Official Guest Gift  

This is an amazingly beautiful VIP gift to guests who stayed at the Kennedy White House. These were left by the White House ushers for VIP guest who actually stayed overnight at The White house as guest of President Kennedy during the golden age of Camelot. This gift consists of a bountiful White box with gold foil trim. The box has a gold White House and Presidential Seal on the top along with the words "Presidential" also in gold. Inside are four bountifully  individual soaps two larger and two smaller. The soaps have the Presidential Seal on one side and a depiction of The White House on the other. Three of these soaps are remarkable still sealed though one of the large ones has a slit in the seal and one of the smaller soaps has been completely unwrapped but it is still unused. This is a perfect remembrance of one of the golden ages of The White House. It is perfect for any Kennedy collector or for you next stay at The Lincoln Bedroom. We all know that politic has become a dirty business here is proof that it doesn't have to be.  I have seen these individuals soaps go as high as $600 in auction with out the box so this set is a bargen. What makes this particular set even more attractive is it still has its outer slip case which is almost never seen today. $350.00

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Official JFK's White House Matchbook

This is full book of the official White House Matchbooks used at State Dinners. $50.00

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Official JFK's White House Matchbook

This is full book of the official White House Matchbooks used at State Dinners. Same as above only has cover damage. $25.00

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Kennedy's The President's House Personal Matchbook

This is a hard to find full unused book of matches made for and used by The Kennedy White House. This matchbook is White with the words "The President's House in Gold" in gold on the cover. These are the type of matches President Kennedy would often use himself. Examples of these matchbooks can be seen in the world famous Guernsey's Kennedy The Robert White Collection auction catalog. One of these type of Kennedy matchbooks was sold with Kennedy's personal cigar cutter from The Oval Office. Another of this type of Kennedy Matchbook was Inside the famous Cigar Humidor that President Kennedy kept inside The Oval Office. So if you missed these two legendary Kennedy item you can still get a small piece of Camelot at a reasonable price. The last 3 photos are from The Guernsey's Kennedy The Robert White Collection auction catalog and are for reference only and not included.

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Kennedy's The President's House Personal Matchbook

This is a hard to find full unused book of matches made for The Kennedy White House. This matchbook is White with the words "The President's House in Gold" in gold on the cover in three lines.

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 President Kennedy White House Mess Matchbook  

This is the earliest version of a  White House Mess matchbook that I have seen. It was made for the Kennedy administration and matches 3 other Kennedy era matchbooks that were ordered at the same time by the Kennedy White House, One for both his Presidential Yachts The Honey Fitzt and The Patric J and one for Camp David all of which I also have. This matchbook is unused and shows only light ware which is to be expected in a matchbook of its age.  $50.00

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Dinner Program: John F. Kennedy Assassination Night

This is the program for the event that was scheduled to be held in Austin Texas on the day of Kennedy's assassination. The event was obviously never held and souvenirs and remembrances from this event are coveted by collectors. The program was to be held in honor of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and their wives November 22, 1963 a the Municipal Auditorium, Austin Texas. It is beautifully printed, with seals and signatures of the President, Vice President and Texas Governor John Connolly in bronze and black at the top. There are a few spots and marks on the program but other than that it is in fantastic shape for it's age and has obviously been very well taken care of. I have shown close up photos to show the spots and marks on the item. $650.00

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 Rare President Kennedy Lucite Gift Medal  

This is a rare and hard to find President Kennedy Presidential Medal Gift. The medal is encased in Lucite with a timer. The Lucite shows some surface scratches as any over fifty year old Lucite gift would.   $100.00

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JFK Photo Card

JFK Color Photo Gift Card 3 1/2" by 5 1/2". 

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KENNEDY AF1 ITEMS

 

Very Rare Air Force One Matchboook used by JFK

This is a very rare unused matchbook from Kennedy's DC-6. This is a prop plane and the first plane Kennedy used as Air Force One. It was flown Col. James B. Swindal Kennedy's Chief Pilot and personal friend. Col Swindal was Kennedy pilot as President elect he then became the chiefs pilot of Air Force One the then DC-6 which this matchbook came from then he also became the First Chief Pilot for Sam 2600 and continued in that role into President Johnson term in office. In fact he was the pilot that flew President Kennedy's body home that fateful day in Dallas. In the last photo provided is a photo of Kennedy on board Air Force One where the matchbook can be seen in the lower right hand corner. It is very rare to see an official Presidential souvenir item being used. This photo is for reference use only and is the only thing not included.  $75.00

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KENNEDY ARMY 1  ITEMS

 

Kennedy Matchbook From Army One

This is nice very rare book of matches from Army One used during President Kennedy Administration. Army One was the official Presidential Helicopter before Marine One and is no longer in service. Army One items are much harder to find. This matchbook is unused and in fantastic condition for its age. $50.00

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Kennedy Matchbook From Army One

This is nice very rare book of matches from Army One used during President Kennedy Administration. Army One was the official Presidential Helicopter before Marine One and is no longer in service. Army One items are much harder to find. Only 1 match has been used. $45.00

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KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL YACHT ITEMS

 Kennedy era USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht Certificate

This is a very nice official cruise certificate for the Presidential Yacht The USS Sequoia. These were presented to guest of President Kennedy that cruised with him aboard The Presidential Yacht The USS Sequoia. The most famous Presidential yacht in history and used by more seating president than any other Presidential Yacht. This example is not only in fantastic shape but it has never been filled out It is very rare to find one of these blank.  $250.00

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Rare Kennedy era USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht unused Matchbook 

This is a great unstruck matchbook from The USS Sequoia, the most famous of all Presidential Yachts. These matchbooks are older front strike matchbooks without the "USS" in front of the Name Sequoia. These were among the earliest version iof the Sequoia matchbooks and used during President Kennedy's administration. The matchbook show some signs of natural aging but is in overall excellent condition for its age please see photos. $50.00

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USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht

Coaster from the Presidential Yacht in excellent condition. $25.00

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Very Rare Matchbook From Kennedy Administration The  Patrick J.

Much like President Kennedy renamed The Lenore II The Honey Fitz he also renamed the Presidential Yacht original named Margie The Patrick J. after is paternal Grandfather. President Kennedy had The Patrick J, moved to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts for Presidential service while he was in office. Nixon latter renamed The Patric J. The Julie. This matchbook is in fantastic condition and unused. The official matchbook for the Honey Fitz looked exactly the same except the Name Patrick J was replaced by The Honey Fitz.

History of Presidential Service of The Patrick J.
Named Margie (after Truman daughter)
Susie E (after one Ike's granddaughters)
Patrick J. (after Kennedy's paternal grandfather)
Julie (after one of Nixon's his daughter)

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Very Rare Set of Presidential Matchbooks Both Ship Names

This is a set of 2 different matchbooks for the same Presidential Yacht that severed several presidents begging with Truman and ending with Nixon. This Yacht went through 3 name changes while in Presidential service first President Truman Named her Margie in honor of President Truman's daughter. Ike then renamed her the Susie E in honor of one of his granddaughters.  Then the ship is most famously known as the Patric J. when President Kennedy had her renamed the Patric J after his Paternal Grandfather. LBJ never bothered to rename her as he preferred to use the larger Presidential Yacht The USS Sequoia. She was last used by President Nixon when he renamed her Julie after his daughter. He then moved her to Key Biscayne where President Nixon retained his winter vacation retreat. This set include two full book of matches in excellent condition from this amazing yacht. One from it's service under President Kennedy and One from it's last Presidential Service under President Nixon who latter sold her.

History of Presidential Service of The Patrick J.
Named Margie (after Truman daughter)
Susie E (after one Ike's granddaughters)
Patrick J. (after Kennedy's paternal grandfather)
Julie (after one of Nixon's his daughter)

$90.00 Set

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KENNEDY CAMP DAVID ITEMS

 

 President Kennedy Camp David Matchbook  

This is the earliest version of a camp David Matchbook that I have seen. It was made for the Kennedy administration and matches 3 other Kennedy era matchbooks that were ordered at the same time by the Kennedy White House, One for both his Presidential Yachts The Honey Fitz and The Patric J and one for The White House Mess all of which I also have. This matchbook is unused and shows only light ware which is to be expected in a matchbook of its age.  $50.00

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 President Kennedy Camp David Matchbook  

This is the earliest version of a camp David Matchbook that I have seen. It was made for the Kennedy administration and matches 3 other Kennedy era matchbooks that were ordered at the same time by the Kennedy White House, One for both his Presidential Yachts The Honey Fitz and The Patric J and one for The White House Mess all of which I also have. This matchbook is unused but shows some ware and spotting. It is still in good condition for its years.  $30.00

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President Kennedy era Christmas and Thanksgiving Camp David Menus and Matchbook

This a great set of original Camp David Holiday Dinner menus for Christmas and Thanksgiving from the Kennedy era. These all came from the estate of a Camp White House staffer Lt. Henry Hirschy, who served during President Kennedy admiration.


The first piece is truly historic as Thanksgiving was on November 22nd in 1962 and exactly one year later JFK would be assassinated in Dallas! Anything associated with Kennedy and the November 22 date is highly desirable.


The second date is for Thanksgiving November 28, 1963 and less than one week after President Kennedy was killed.
The Third Camp David menu is for Christmas 1961 Kennedy’s first Christmas as President.

The forth Camp David Menu is for Christmas 1962. President Kennedy Last Christmas.

The 5th and last Camp David Menu is the rare 1963 Christmas Dinner after JFK was killed.

The menus appear to have been trimmed but otherwise are in excellent condition.
 

Since all of the dinner have both Cigarettes and Cigars listed on the menus for the Holiday dinner I have included and original President Kennedy era Camp David Matchbook so that you can recreate these historic dinners yourself.$150.00

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