Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, February 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy received a pair of lanterns crafted by Colonial Williamsburg's master silversmith, William de Matteo*.
The lanterns are functional electric reproductions of the original tin lamps that hung in the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts on the night of Paul Revere's** famous midnight ride, April 18-19, 1775.
JFK had the lanterns hung on the wall of the Oval Office behind the famous Resolute desk.
**Paul Revere (1735-1818) was an American silversmith & engraver who became most famous for his midnight ride of April 1775 warning the countryside that British Regulars were moving out of Boston. After his death, his son, Joseph Warren Revere, assumed control of his father's business and in 1801 the Revere Copper Works was founded. Today, it is known as the Revere Copper Company.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston.
Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks and Maker's Marks, www.925-1000.com/