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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Leather Matchbook

President Roosevelt’s personally-owned and -used fine quality brown leather matchbook, measuring 2 x 2.25 closed, featuring his gilt-embossed initials on the front flap, “FDR.” The matchbook is fully stocked with 15 matches and features a small black fastener at the bottom, allowing the matches to be replaced—a function of FDR’s valet. In excellent condition. Includes a photocopy of the original detailed letter of provenance on White House letterhead from the wife of Arthur S. Prettyman, who had served as Roosevelt’s valet from 1939 until his death in 1945, and continued to work for President Truman, as his personal valet, until he left office, in 1953. In brief part: “President Roosevelt once said of his Valet, ‘You are my lifeline, the keeper of my keys’…the keys to FDR’s secrets,” and, in part: “It gives me pleasure to present to you one of the leather matchbook covers that was owned and used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was given to my husband, Arthur S. Prettyman sometime during World War II, by the President…The personal matches of the President have 1/2 inch FDR initials embossed in gold on the leather cover…This personal matchbook cover is most attractive.” A cogent piece of FDR history—a necessity for the lifelong cigarette smoker. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Limousine Lap Robe

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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RR Autograph Auction Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed White House Card

RR autograph Auction Franklin D. RooseveltWhite House card boldly signed in fountain pen, “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” In fine condition. A scarce and attractive format with a bold 4 inch signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

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RR Autograph Auction Franklin D. Roosevelt Stunning original embossed invitation to Roosevelt’s 1937 inauguration

RR Autograph Auction Franklin D. Roosevelt

Stunning original embossed invitation to Roosevelt’s 1937 inauguration, 9 x 12.5, bearing a gilt-embossed inaugural seal, signed at the top in fountain pen. In fine condition, with a trivial surface impression to the left border. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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