John F. Kennedy bottle of scotch inaugural gift

02 Jun

Still-sealed bottle of Haig & Haig Pinch blended scotch whiskey, given to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy as an inaugural gift after he won the 1960 Presidential election. Unopened bottle has its intact foil seal as well as a paper seal over that which reads “Renfield Imports Ltd, Newark, NJ.” Front of the bottle has an affixed District of Columbia beverage tax stamp. The scotch is still housed in its original Christmas box. This gift was stored in the home of Capitol police officer and Kennedy chauffeur/handyman James H. Boyer, Sr. after the Kennedys moved from their home in Georgetown to the White House in the Fall and Winter of 1960-1961. Pinch is distinguished even further by its famous triangular, dimpled bottle wrapped in wire net. The blend is known as The Dimple in markets outside the United States. The whisky has been bottled in this container since its creation, with the hand-applied wire mesh originally designed to prevent the cork from coming out during export shipments through rough seas.

Also included are two receipts for alcohol purchased by Mrs. Kennedy (with neither listing the bottle offered here), one while her husband was campaigning for the presidency, dated June 17, 1960; and a later one while president, delivered to “The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” dated May 1, 1961.

This bottle comes from the heirs of Officer James H. Boyer, Sr., who became a US Capitol policeman in 1949, and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from one of his direct descendants. Officer Boyer developed friendships with many congressmen and senators, including Kennedy, for whom he became a personal driver, as well as a handyman for Jackie at the Kennedy Georgetown home. Boyer and friend John J. ‘Muggsy’ O’Leary, who met while serving together on the Capitol force, helped the Kennedys move from Georgetown to the White House. At that time, Boyer was asked to store some of the many inaugural gifts sent to the Kennedys; this bottle of scotch was among those gifts. After President Kennedy’s assassination, Officer Boyer was one of the main Capitol police on guard at the Rotunda, as a grieving nation filed passed the coffin.

The receipts were originally part of an important archive of Kennedy expenditures, and together with the Scotch provide a unique artifact of the lighter side of Camelot. Important: You must be 21 years of age or older to bid on this lot. RR Auction COA.


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