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EISENHOWER CHRISTMAS GIFT - PERHAPS IKE'S MOST PERSONAL ONE EVER

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Aug 13, 2011 @ 08:13 AM

Featured is the President's own Christmas Tool Chest ,as received in 1959, by Dwight D. Eisenhower. The President is shown below, barbecuing Steaks - which was something Ike did Regularly within as well as out of The White House. Ike’s Valet, Sergeant John Moaney, is shown Assisting the General. The were a common duo and the pair of them were usually seen within the same proximity.

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John Moaney was Eisenhower’s Virtual Shadow from 1942 to 1969
(27 years). Sometime during 1959, the Ever-Faithful John Moaney and his Wife Delores - Eisenhower’s Personal Cook for more than a Quarter-Century - gave heartfelt thought to what they felt would be the Perfect Christmas Gift for the Commander in Chief. Sergeant Moaney then came up with the Idea of having The White House Carpenters Hand-Make, from Wood within the White House Carpentry Shop, the above large Tool Chest (34"x16"x18"). It resulted in being something more like the quality of a splendid piece of furniture. Sergeant John Moaney then came up with the Idea of having a Large Handsome Heavy Brass Plaque Permanently Affixed to the top of the Tool Chest. What you are seeing above is that Tool Chest, with the Plaque, for the President, featured on the lower left portion of the photo.

In the next photograph, take Special Note of a December 26, 1959 Letter, on Official White House Stationary – To ‘Delores and Moaney’ from the President. Read each and every word of the December 1959 Presidential letter, because it Reveals the Warmth of the President as he so thoughtfully, immediately following Christmas, takes Pen to Hand and Signs off on this thoughtful Christmas Gift. When the Commander in Chief Passed Away in 1969, the Tool Chest was gifted back to the Sgt. Moaney, with some of Ike's own tools. Sergeant John Moaney and Delores Moaney retained it, along with the Original 1959 Letter from the President, until all of the above was Presented to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection in the early 1980s.

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John Moaney was Eisenhower’s Virtual Shadow from 1942 to 1969
(27 years). Sometime during 1959, the Ever-Faithful John Moaney and his Wife Delores (Eisenhower’s Personal Cook for more than a Quarter-Century) Gave Thought to what they felt would be the Perfect Christmas Gift for the Commander in Chief. Sergeant Moaney came up with the Idea of having The White House Carpenters Hand-Make, from Wood already within the White House Carpentry Shop. Featured above is that Special Gift to the General - Large Tool Chest (34"x16"x18"). Sergeant Moaney then, thoughtfully,  came up with the idea of having a Large Handsome Heavy Brass Plaque Permanently Affixed to the top of the President's Tool Chest.

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Pictured above is an Unpublished Photo of Ike and Mamie in their Backyard at their Home in Gettysburg. By Reading the Inscription, one gets a Glimpse into the High Regard the Eisenhower’s held for the Moaney’s. The Inscription Reads...

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the lasting Appreciation and Affectionate Regard
of their Old Friends – Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Dowd Eisenhower”.

For the past 25 plus years the President's, quality Tool Chest - more like a piece of furniture when see in person - has been in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. Mr. Amyx was fortunate in that the Moaney's presented this Christmas Gift, to his well known collection, along with quite a number of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's personal possessions. In the near future this historic piece may quite possibly be shared with another collector of note.

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