Sale 22BP02 | Lot 27

[PRESIDENTIAL YACHT] Flag box with the label of the Presidential Yacht Honey Fitz.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
[PRESIDENTIAL YACHT]  Flag box with the label of the Presidential Yacht Honey Fitz.

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Lot 27
[PRESIDENTIAL YACHT] Flag box with the label of the Presidential Yacht Honey Fitz.
A locking metal flag box bearing the "Honey Fitz/Presidential Yacht" seal to the cover, by report removed from the yacht after the Kennedy period, circa 1960s. 10 1/2 L x 7 1/2 D x 4 1/2 H. Wear and scratches, lacks key, sold as is; Together with an associated 48 star American Flag, 66 x 40 inches, likely supplied later.

An intriguing relic reportedly of the period when President Kennedy renamed the presidential yacht Honey Fitz. Built in 1931 for a Chicago businessman who used it to sail Lake Michigan, the yacht was acquired by the U.S. Government in 1942 and became the presidential yacht "Barbara Ann" before the name was changed and the yacht refitted by the Kennedy administration in 1961. This label was potentially added to the box at that time and similar seals are found on other memorabilia of the ship. The Kennedys spent many happy hours on the boat during his foreshortened presidency and the yacht was in service to the president until sold by the Nixon administration. Honey Fitz has been restored and remains privately owned.


Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Sold for $2,394 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Sold for $2,394 (includes buyer's premium)

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