Message to Someone Somewhere

I occasionally search online for interesting cocktail shakers and came across the Cartier shaker shown below:

img_20190128_124354What got my attention were the many signatures on the shaker as well as the prominently displayed initials “J.R.H.” at the top with the date April 27, 1940.  I had seen similar such presentation shakers before. Since all the signatures appeared to be male, I guessed this was a shaker presented to a groom on the occasion of his wedding by a group of his friends.

I confirmed that the date April 27, 1940 was a Saturday and I felt certain I was on the right track assuming it was a wedding.

So I tackled the names that I could decipher. August Heckscher was distinctive enough and should be an easy search. And it was! His Wikipedia bio follows. He was quite a prominent figure: Appointed by John F. Kennedy as the first White House Special Consultant on the Arts and later NewYork City Parks Commissioner Appointed by John Lindsay.

img_20190128_053955His brother, Gustave Maurice, signed the Shaker as “Maury” and this is his Wikipedia page:

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Horace W. Davis was another signature and upon finding the following obituary I realized that what these men had in common was that they were Yale graduates.

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Robert Train, another Yale graduate:

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Frederic H. Lassiter, yet another:

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I searched that April 27, 1940 date and Yale and, as luck would have it, a wedding announcement appeared… Frances Ann Cannon was Wed to John R. Hersey. J. R. H. John R. Hersey! Yes!

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John R. Hersey was not just another Yale graduate, he was a well known author and Pulitzer prize winner for his novel A Bell for Adano.

His bride, Frances Ann Cannon, had previously dated John F. Kennedy for some time.  JFK was a guest at their wedding.

Following is a link to a very interesting article on Hersey, Cannon and JFK.

http://time.com/4794738/jfk-girlfriends-war-hero/

So whoever you are who owns this shaker, maybe you are already aware of all this history regarding it.  But if you don’t know and are researching it, I hope you find this post!

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4 Responses to Message to Someone Somewhere

  1. Joanne says:

    Just fascinating! I lived in Huntington, Long Island at one time, so I am well familiar with the name “Hecksher.” I too love research rabbit holes!!

  2. Melissa Vanderlaan says:

    Great research, as usual! Did you buy the shaker, or was it even for sale? Love how your hunch took you down such an interesting path.

    • queenofsienna says:

      I did not buy it. But I wanted whoever now owns it to know the history. I guess I’m obsessed…have to solve these mysteries.

  3. KerryCan says:

    Fascinating, as always! You should’ve been a private eye . . .

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