Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Limousine Lap Robe

06 Feb

Rare fantastic quality light brown woolen limousine lap robe used by Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt together on the occasion of FDR’s inauguration in 1933. The presidential lap robe blanket measuring approximately 69 x 48, is crafted from an extremely high quality material and lined with a contrasting color brown fur-like fabric for warmth. An impressive and large 6.5″ diameter presidential seal adorns one corner, expertly embroidered using vibrantly colored threads and adding an attractive 3D effect to the blanket. In fine condition. Includes a detailed and historic letter of provenance on White House letterhead from F. Vaughn Ferguson, who was a technical service representative at the White House. Mr. Ferguson’s sole role at the White House was to oversee the care of the presidential limousine, where this lap robe was used. In part: “This tan wool Presidential Limousine Lap Robe dates back to at least President Hoover. It was used Inauguration Day 1933 by outgoing President Hoover and the newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as on many other historical occasions…The Lap Robe was used by Presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and President Harry Truman used it for at least a year or so.” Accompanied by an image of Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt together under this lap robe on the day of the inauguration, March 4, 1933, and a photocopy of a newspaper article about Ferguson.

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