DescriptionWinston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Bottle of Champagne with Display Case. This bottle of champagne by Ayala & Co., vintage 1945, measures approximately 12.75" x 3.5" (at the base). The label bears the arms of King George VI of England and reads, in part: "By Appointment / Purveyors of Champagne to H.M. King George VI." The label also bears the signatures of English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, signed along the right edge, and the president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who has signed simply "DE" along the left edge. According to a note of provenance attached to its rear, this signed bottle was "Presented to the Yale Club (Mayflower Hotel) by Consuelo N. Bailey/Speaker of the [Vermont] House of Representatives duly signed VE/VJ dinner label by Churchill and Ike - gifted July 1953 by Ike for support in the efforts for peace during his presidential campaign."
The bottle is showcased in a display case which is tagged with a sign providing its provenance: "Yale Club of Washington DC / Mayflower Hotel / Charles Carroll Glover / March 21st 1968." It is likely that the bottle was presented to Glover by the Yale Club in this very case. Glover was in the Yale class of 1910, and later served as Washington, D.C. Alumni Association President. The case measures approximately 12" x 20.5" x 12".
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