Boehm Tern presented by President Richard Nixon to Prime Minister Harold Wilson
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A gift given by President Richard Nixon to Prime Minister Harold Wilson at their first meeting in February 1969.A Boehm limited edition porcelain model of a common tern.
The model is marked 497 to the base,it is mounted upon a specially made mahogany plinth with a brass presentation plaque,which reads: “The Rt Hon Harold Wilson, D.B.E. M. P. Prime Minister of Great Britain From Richard Nixon President of the United States of America February 1969.”.The tern has suffered several breakages over the years,a wing has snapped and been repaired with glue and the leading claw has also broken off, been re-glued, and broken off again,it is now present but detached.
The provenance is impeccable, it was kept by Harold Wilson, and presumably repaired by him, then kept by his wife Mary Wilson until her death in 2018, before being sold by the couple’s sons in the auction: “A Prime Minister’s Life: The Collection of Mary and Harold Wilson”. Gifts given between the two country’s leaders are seldom sold, making this an unusual opportunity to acquire an important and fascinating historical artefact, somewhat banal in appearance, ambiguous in its intended message, but fascinating as a relic of Cold War relations between the U.K. and the U.S