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The Rarest Piece of Lincoln White House China Finds a New Home

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA PLATTER

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA DOUBLE HANDLED PLATTER  - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has added a rare new platter to his renowned collection of Official White House China. In a collection where every piece of porcelain can easily be described as special, this diminutive oval serving platter is truly remarkable. It is small – just 8-1/2” by 12” – with handles at each end. It is exquisitely beautiful. And it is extraordinarily rare.

The platter was designed and manufactured in 1861 as part of the Official White House China service commissioned by President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Mr. Amyx says there couldn’t have been more than three or four of these small platters in the original china service, perhaps even fewer. That, along with its Presidential and White House provenance, explains why the platter is so rare.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA EGG CUP

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA EGG CUP. THE LINCOLN'S ONLY ORDERED 24 EGG CUPS OF WHICH ONLY A FEW ARE KNOWN TO STILL EXIST - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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But it has another feature that, while not unique, adds historical interest. The bottom is flat and unglazed, whereas most serving platters have a slightly concave shape and are glazed on the underside. In the days when President Lincoln was entertaining state guests at dinner in the White House, there was no such thing as tableside warmers, such as we have nowadays. The Lincoln platter’s flat, unglazed verso allowed it to be set directly on top of a hot wood stove, in order to keep food warm.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx recently acquired this platter from a private party, not from an auction house. That isn’t unusual, given his reputation as a respected collector of Official White House China. “Pieces gravitate toward me,” he acknowledges, “due to my experience and good fortune.” Mr. Amyx has worked hard to fuel his good fortune by establishing personal relationships with individuals who have information and referrals to owners of White House China they might like to sell.

RUTHERFORD B HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA SOUP BOWL

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA SOUP BOWL FEATURES AN IMPRESSIVE HAND-PAINTED AMERICAN CAMPFIRE SCENE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

But it was Mr. Amyx’s reputation as a collector of White House China that earned him this particular contact. He was approached via email, by a woman who said she had two plates that had been part of the Presidential China service when Rutherford B. Hayes was in office. Might Mr. Amyx be interested in purchasing them? (He was!) And, by the way, she noted, she also had a small platter from the 1861 Lincoln service. Might he be interested in that as well? Raleigh DeGeer Amyx couldn’t believe his good fortune!

Over time, advanced collectors who are passionate develop finely-tuned instincts. So, when something comes along that might be of interest, those instincts kick in. When Mr. Amyx learns of a potential “find,” he wants to know five things about that porcelain: its history, rarity, value, condition, and the quantity originally manufactured.

RUTHERFORD B HAYES WHITE HOUSE CHINA ELK PLATE

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA DINNER PLATE FEATURES A LOVELY HAND-PAINTED COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN MULE DEER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

“I had never seen a Lincoln platter anywhere,” Mr.Amyx says. Sight-unseen, though, he still knew something important about the piece – it was definitely rare. And given the platter’s size and purpose, it was one of very few ever made. However, he says the only way to judge all five criteria of a potential acquisition is to talk to the owner. In this case, she emailed him a picture of the platter. “It was a crummy photo,” Mr. Amyx recalls, “but I could still tell it was really something.”

He was surprised she hadn’t chosen to sell her Presidential porcelain through an auction house such as Sotheby’s or Christie’s. But he was quite pleased she had decided to contact him directly instead. It pays to be well-known and well-trusted in your field! After some discussion, the owner agreed to send all three pieces – the two Hayes plates and the Lincoln platter – to Mr. Amyx so he could evaluate them up close. And the rest, as they say, is history, and the three stunning examples of Official White House china now reside in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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The 9 Most Beautiful Examples of White House China

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Everyone knows that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But picking favorites among the many collections of stunning Official White House China is no mere beauty contest. For renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, it’s about the art – and the fact that the magnificence of each service also reflects the context of its time.

“In a portrait gallery,” he explains, “you walk into a room filled with masterpieces yet you’re drawn to certain one(s) that move you, like a song that makes you feel something.” asked to name his White House china favorites, he chose nine, noting it was “easy” to identify the first four, but hard to decide beyond that because each collection is outstanding in its own way. This is the countdown of his nine favorite White House China examples.

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STUNNING 1951 SERVICE PLATE FROM THE HARRY S. TRUMAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY LENOX - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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#9. Harry S. Truman

Similar in many ways to Woodrow Wilson’s White House China, the Truman collection exudes overall elegance. The richly-patterned green, gold, deep ivory and white provide an aesthetically appropriate harmony for official state dinners. This service is historically important because it depicts the federal eagle as “reversed” by Truman’s Executive Order in 1945, showing the eagle facing the olive branch of peace rather than the arrows of war.

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PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF A DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1846 JAMES K. POLK OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY EDOUARD D. HONORE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#8. James Polk

Though more subtle than the surprising shapes of the Hayes china, the ornately scalloped plates are themselves works of art, reflecting a different artist’s imagination. They create a visual frame for the extensive gilded designs as well as beautifully hand-painted flowers on the dessert plates – 36 flowers to denote the 36 states in the Union. With this china, a new presidential shield is depicted for the first time in red, white and blue.

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ELEGANT HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM 1879 RUTHEFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & CO - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#7. Rutherford B. Hayes

There is nothing subtle about the unusual plate shapes in this White House China collection. “You either like it, or you don’t,” says Mr. Amyx. Each plate seems to have been designed to frame its colorfully detailed, hand-painted wildlife. The non-traditional aspects of this china extend to the always-present presidential emblem – it is equally colorful, but appears only on the verso. Pieces from the original 1879 order are most collectible. Although the “cypher” on the verso was supposedly rendered in red, white and blue, it appears to be gold, turquoise and orange. ”

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GORGEOUS BREAKFAST PLATE FROM THE 1891 BENJAMIN HARRISON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY TRESSEMANES AND VOGT - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#6. Benjamin Harrison

First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison was a very talented artist, and it is her, in part, own artwork that adorns the border of this striking White House China. In fact, it is so pretty, subsequent presidents chose to reorder the same pattern rather than make any changes. That makes some Harrison china easier for collectors to locate. However, the pièce de résistance among this collection is the rarer and more valuable morning breakfast plate that features a double border.

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LOVELY STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE 1869 ULYSSES S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#5. Ulysses S. Grant

With this extraordinary china, the subtly scalloped edges of the plates offer a distinctive design element. But the large, beautifully detailed flowers are the main presence – 24 in all, allowing each place setting at smaller dinner gatherings to be different. This dinnerware also introduces a new presidential emblem, again chosen by the artist and approved by President and/or Mrs. Grant.

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BEAUTIFUL SERVICE PLATE FROM THE 1968 LYNDON B. JOHNSON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY CASTLETON CHINA - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#4. Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson used her influence as First Lady to promote beautification of America’s roadsides through planting wildflowers. The state china she helped design reflects that same theme – not only pretty but perhaps a floral political statement as well. "Photos simply do not do this china justice," notes Mr. Amyx. He admits he especially loves the eagle, which borrows from Monroe and Lincoln depictions.

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IMPECCABLE STATE DINNER SERVICE PLATE FROM THE 1981 RONALD REAGAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY LENOX - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#3. Ronald Reagan

This china’s extraordinary creativity and beauty show in the bold scarlet border (Nancy Reagan’s favorite color), bounded by gold cross-hatching on the service and dessert plates. "The color and design are both striking, like a lady in a perfect red dress," yet they take their inspiration from artistic elements in early White House China patterns.

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CLASSIC STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE 1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#2. Abraham Lincoln

Presidents are America’s version of royalty, so this china also features a variation of Royal Purple – in this case a rich, warm tone called Solferino, chosen personally by Mary Todd Lincoln. This stunning china carries forward the Monroe eagle to represent the president, but now the eagle holds arrows of war and an olive branch of peace and is accompanied by a banner that reads “E Pluribus Unum.”

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PRISTINE DESSERT PLATE FROM THE JAMES MONROE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION CIRCA 1820 - MANUFACTURED BY DAGOYT AND HONORE - BOTH PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#1. James Monroe

This was the first time an American president had a Congressionally-approved budget to buy china for formal White House occasions. Previous presidents had brought their personal dinnerware with them, so there was no precedent regarding what constituted “officially appropriate” china. "What should the presidential emblem look like? The Monroe service, like several other early designs, is presidential china as seen through the eyes of the artist." Every detail imagined and hand-painted, from the unusual marbled purplish-blue border to the bald eagle with widespread wings.

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Lincoln White House China: A Rare Royal Color

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

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MARY ANN TODD LINCOLN (1818-1882)
FIRST LADY TO OUR 16TH PRESIDENT (1861-1865)

Mary Todd Lincoln was born into a socially prominent, slave-holding family in Lexington, Kentucky. Because of this, she was raised in a household where elegant dinner parties were a regular occurrence. When she and her newly-elected-President husband Abraham moved into the White House in 1861, Mrs. Lincoln expected to host elegant state parties of her own. Imagine her disappointment when she found only a hodge-podge of official dinnerware from previous administrations.

As First Lady, she made acquiring new White House china a top priority. In fact, historians note she was the first Presidential wife to personally take on this task. Throughout the 1800s, American presidents ordered fine china from overseas, because American manufacturers could not meet the same standards for quality porcelain. Mary Todd Lincoln chose Haviland & Co. of Limoges, France to produce her official White House china. However, she ordered the dinnerware through New York’s E.V. Haughwout & Co.

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BEAUTIFUL HAND-PAINTED SERVICE PLATE FROM THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED IN FRANCE BY HAVILAND & CO. - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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Opened in 1857, E.V. Haughwout was a large store in Manhattan described by the New York Times as “the greatest china and porcelain house in the city.” Mary Todd Lincoln worked closely with the firm to design and hand-paint her impressive china service.

Although the dinnerware was manufactured by Haviland in France, it was Eber Haughwout and his team of artists who painted each piece. By September, 1861, the Lincoln china -- 190 pieces in all – had arrived at the White House. It cost $3,195. This service was far smaller than the huge collections with 300 or more complete place settings ordered by our most recent presidential couples.

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RARE DELICATE EGG CUP (ONLY 24 WERE ORDERED) FROM THE 1861 LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The Lincoln Official White House China collection is highly patriotic and very different from other Presidential china. The plates are white porcelain with a scalloped edge, wide solferino band and a gold rope border. In the center, there are clouds behind the traditional presidential depiction of the American bald eagle – outstretched wings, talons holding an olive branch on one side and arrows on the other. There is also a shield decorated with stars and stripes and a banner that reads “E. Pluribus Unum,” which is Latin for “out of many, one.”

The Lincoln White China is often referred to as “Royal Purple” or the “Lincoln solferino china” because of its distinctive shade of purplish pink. The unusual color got its name in an unusual way. It was discovered in 1859, the same year as the famous Battle of Solferino, at which Napoleon defeated the Sardinian Army. So the Lincoln china has two distinct ties with history.

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ELEGANT BUFF SERVING DISH FROM LINCOLN'S EXECUTIVE MANSION CHINA COLLECTION DURING LINCOLN'S SECOND TERM IN OFFICE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

At the Begining of the 2nd Term of the Abraham Lincoln Administration, Mary Todd Lincoln ordered a Buff Set of French Haviland China for use in the Executive Mansion. This White House China was to feature more modest decoration and to be more simple in design than the Solferino (Royal Purple) China of 1861. This Buff China set finally arrived at The White House only three months prior to the assassination of President Lincoln. Today, a number of examples of The Buff China Remain at The White House as well as at The Smithsonian Institution, and a few pieces are in advanced private collections.

So many pieces of Mrs. Lincoln’s official White House china broke or became damaged, Andrew Johnson had to order replacement pieces within just a few years. Later presidents – Ulysses Grant, Chester Arthur and Grover Cleveland -- were so taken with the lovely color and elegant decoration, they continued to order matching replacements to augment the Lincoln Presidential China service. Nonetheless, today only a small number of pieces still exist.

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Abraham Lincoln: Pardoner of Turkeys, Lover of Cats

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, Jan 03, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865)
OUR 16TH PRESIDENT (1861-1865)  

This past Thanksgiving, the President of the United States once again pardoned a turkey, saving the bird forever from becoming part of our nation’s annual feast. Did you know that tradition started with President Abraham Lincoln?

As President, in 1863 Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November a national “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” He received a turkey as a special dinner gift for this new holiday, but his son Tad stepped in to ask that his father spare the bird.

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An historical anecdote relates that after shooting a turkey as a youth, Lincoln was so upset at what he had done he vowed never to hunt animals again. That was an exceptionally unusual decision, given that Lincoln grew up on the frontier. Nonetheless, Lincoln overtly loved all animals and believed they should be treated with the same care and compassion as people. “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights,” he said. “That is the way of a whole human being.”

Lincoln once backtracked a half-mile because he’d seen a pig stuck in a bog and wanted to help it out.

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A STUNNING 9.25" STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION OF ABRAHAM AND MARY TODD LINCOLN - STILL IN PRISTINE CONDITION. NOW IN THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX.

While practicing as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln adopted a mutt as a pet – another unheard of practice on the frontier. He named the dog Fido, Latin for “fidelity,” and it went everywhere with him including to the dining table where Lincoln petted the dog and shared his meals with him. However, when it was time for the newly elected President and his family to move from Illinois to Washington, DC, they worried the long trip and confusion would upset their beloved Fido.

Instead they left the dog with a neighbor, extracting a long list of promises regarding the dog’s care and treatment. They even left behind Fido’s favorite horsehair sofa so he’d have a familiar place to sleep.

After settling in at the White House, the Lincolns acquired a new dog, named Jip. This dog also shared meals and cuddling at the table with his master. Besides the dog, the Lincoln White House included rabbits and two pet goats, Nanny and Nanko. Allowed to wander grounds and house, the goats were the bane of housekeeping staff, chewing flowers and furniture alike. But the President adored those goats. The Lincoln sons Tad and Willie also adored the goats, hitching them to carts or the kitchen chairs for a ride.

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FROM THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX: ONE OF ONLY FOUR SERVING PIECES IN LINCOLN'S ORIGINAL "BUFF" WHITE HOUSE CHINA ORDER, THIS RARE AND PRISTINE 10" WHITE SERVING DISH DISPLAYS CLASSIC GOLD AND BUFF ACCENTS.

But our sixteenth president was most devoted to cats, so much so that his wife once claimed cats were her husband’s hobby. Secretary of State William Seward bestowed two kittens on Lincoln as a White House gift. The President loved to spend hours petting the cats and talking to them. And, as he did with Jip, he fed his kitties at the table. One time he used a gold fork to do that, which was too much for Mrs. Lincoln. His response? “If a gold fork was good enough for former President Buchanan, it’s good enough for Tabby.”

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A LIFE SIZE BRONZE STATUE OF LINCOLN AND HIS HORSE "OLD BOB" - CREATED BY IVAN SCHWARTZ AND FEATURED IN THE GARDENS OF LINCOLN'S COTTAGE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

As befitted a lifelong animal lover, Abraham Lincoln’s beloved horse Old Bob served as the rider-less horse in his master’s funeral following Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.

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The Story Behind Collecting Lincoln's White House China

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Collector and historian Raleigh DeGeer Amyx says it pays to be a little boy or girl for a long time – collecting things you like – because they can increase in value the longer you own them. You have to be a good judge of what has real potential, though. Take White House China, for example. James Monroe was the first president for whom Congress provided money to furnish the White House. Prior to that, presidents had to supply their own furnishings and dishes.

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A PRISTINE DINNER PLATE FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S 1861 ORDER - THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

During Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, there were two varieties of White House china. One depicted broad wings on the front of the plate, the other was plain with a buff border. Monroe’s china had also featured a similar eagle, but the unusual shade of purple on the border, called solferino, was a special request from Mary Todd Lincoln, as it was her favorite color.

If a china pattern is very popular, like the Lincoln “wings” pattern, subsequent presidents want to order the same thing to replace chipped or broken pieces. The Lincoln china endured through several presidencies; however as it pertains to the marking on the verso. However, because some of the later orders were manufactured 5 or 10 years plus after the 1861 originals, there may be slight variations.

The back side of a china plate is referred to as the verso, and that’s where the difference lies. The original china ordered by the Lincolns in 1861 had a plain verso, with no markings. That continued with Andrew Johnson’s order. When Grant ordered more china, however, it came with a hand-painted maker’s mark on the verso. Chester Arthur’s order carried that same mark, so today collectors may not be able to tell which president ordered a particular Lincoln pattern.

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN - AMERICA'S 16TH PRESIDENT

Twenty-three years later, William McKinley wanted more of the same pattern. He ordered 36 pieces exactly the same, but once again the verso is different. These pieces are not plain like Lincoln’s original order, nor is the marking the same as the mark on Grant’s order.

None of these alterations were meant to be confusing or deceptive, it simply didn’t matter at the time. No one could have predicted 150 years ago that White House China would become highly valued by collectors, and that details such as distinguishing marks would become significant. However all variations are rare, and their values remain similar.

How did Raleigh DeGeer Amyx come by all of these fascinating examples of White House china? As a lifelong collector – and former FBI employee and investigator  he has developed excellent detective skills that have helped him track down more than 100 individuals who worked for various presidents in behind-the-scenes capacities.

During their work tenure, these people often acquire mementos of their White House experience, but then discover long after they retire that their children or grandchildren don’t feel the same connection with those collectibles or the stories behind them. They are happy to part with these pieces when they find someone who will cherish them and fairly renumerate them accordingly.

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A RARE SERVING PIECE FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MORE CONSERVATIVE BUFF CHINA SELECTION

This is how it was in the case of the Lincoln White House China. In speaking with a former White House maid, Mr. Amyx learned she had a Lincoln plate that had fractured into a dozen pieces, wrapped up in her underwear drawer at home. She sold him the pieces, and Mr. Amyx spent thousands of dollars to have an expert conservationist delicately restore the plate. Raleigh still has that plate and impressively, the fracture lines are almost indiscernible.

In his own collection, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has multiple examples of the original Lincoln White House china in addition to one example of the Grant version and one of the McKinley era version. This White House china has special significance for Mr. Amyx, because he especially held Abraham Lincoln in high esteem. In addition to that, there is such history as well as such stunning artistry as it pertains to the Abraham Lincoln pattern.

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Dr. Robert King Stone - Personal Physician of Abraham Lincoln - 1865

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

robert king stoneDR ROBERT KING STONE - PERSONAL PHYSICIAN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Surrounding every productive leader, there are many supportive associates. For Abraham Lincoln, one of these people was his personal physician, Dr. Robert King Stone (1822-1872). Since the American Civil War, Dr. Stone cared for President Lincoln and then was asked to care for the first family during Lincoln’s presidency.

Background

Dr. Stone had begun his life as the son of an engraver. After earning his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Stone traveled to London, Paris and Vienna to investigate hospital techniques and practices. In 1847 Dr. Stone opened his own medical practice. After establishing an outstanding reputation in the Washington DC medical community, he became a professor at Columbian College Medical School, which has since become The George Washington University Medical School.

Caring for the Lincoln Family

It was February of 1862 when two of Lincoln’s sons were afflicted with Typhoid Fever. Although Dr. Stone cared for them and did everything he could, 8-year-old Thomas ‘Tad’ Lincoln survived but 11-year-old William ‘Willie’ Lincoln passed away. The Lincoln family trusted Dr. Stone and called on him regularly for medical care. In particular, Mrs. Lincoln relied on him for assistance with her frequent migraine headaches.

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Presidential Influence

President Lincoln so respected Dr. Stone’s medical opinion that he wrote a letter to the surgeon general in 1862 urging him to follow his directive in regard to introduce a certain disinfectant for use in hospitals and camps. Dr. Stone was often called upon to treat members of the White House staff as well as the First Family.

Medical Case

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection has acquired the small medical case that was used by Dr. Robert King Stone during the time that he served the Lincoln Family. The black leather case contains syringes and other instruments lain in purple velvet with a hinge monogrammed "R.K.S., M.D." This rare find is proven authentic by Dr. Stone’s own original hand-written note that indicates that he used it to treat President Abraham Lincoln.

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Assassination

Dr. Stone remained with President Lincoln during his final hours. After learning that the President had been shot at Ford’s Theater, Dr. Stone rushed to his aid. Another doctor who was at the scene had President Lincoln moved to a private home that was directly across the street from the theatre. Although he was still breathing and had a weak pulse for several hours, President Lincoln's horrendous wound was mortal and the President  never regained consciousness.  The President was pronounced dead early on the morning of April 15, 1865.

Abraham LincolnABRAHAM LINCOLN - AMERICA'S  ICONIC 16TH  PRESIDENT

Consoling the First Family

It was Dr. Stone who informed Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s eldest son, of his father’s fatal condition. In the weeks following the assassination, Mrs. Lincoln became very distraught. Dr. Stone and another physician who was a friend of the family cared for her, insisting that she be allowed to remain in the White House until she had sufficiently recovered.

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16TH U.S. PRESIDENT - ABRAHAM LINCOLN OF ILLINOIS

Testimony

Dr. Stone’s concern for the Lincolns extended to the formal investigation of the assassination. Although there were many witnesses, Dr. Stone was the only physician to give testimony about the President’s condition. In his account, he provides details of the close range gunshot that entered the back of President Lincoln’s head, the immediate effects it had on his person, and the attempts of himself and others to assist the President. Dr. Stone describes how Lincoln’s breathing and heartbeat gradually decreased, and closer to his death, how his body began convulsing. His remarks continued with a full account of President Lincoln’s autopsy.

abraham lincoln funeral A SMALL PORTION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S ENORMOUS PRESIDENTIAL FUNERAL

Historical Significance

The role that Dr. Stone enjoyed while caring for the Lincoln family, however tragically it may have ended, helped his career considerably. He was very well respected and was able to accomplish many things due to the powerful influence he had earned.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is proud to own the authentic medical case, as well as the Physician's personal provenance, pertaining to it's use on of President Lincoln. Mr. Amyx has spent more than 30 years collecting historically significant artifacts. Many of the museum-quality hisorical artifacts acquired by the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold, including this iconic representation, in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. If you have interest in a particular item in the collection, please feel to inquire using the form below or contact the the auction house directly using the above link.

 

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Reflecting on the Historic Importance of The Gettysburg address

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Gettysburg Address

A NATIONAL TREASURE - THE FULL TEXT OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

If we look back at events that transpired 150 years ago, we may consider ourselves to be far removed from the sentiments conveyed by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Actually, much of what was conveyed in this brief oration remains true in the context of modern life.

The timing of President Lincoln’s remarks on November 19, 1863, fell four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg, where nearly 8,000 American lives were lost over a course of three days. The dedication of the national cemetery set into motion the process of relocating bodies of soldiers who had been buried in nearby church and hospital cemeteries and it provided for a proper burial for the many fallen soldiers whose bodies remained on the battlefield, or buried hurriedly in shallow graves.

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THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH EVER TAKEN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN 1865

This somber event required any speaker to show respect to the fallen soldiers and provide hope for a brighter day that is directly attributed to sacrifices made. Nationally known keynote speaker, Edward Everett, spent two hours addressing the crowd before introducing President Lincoln. It would seem that President Lincoln could have chosen to curtail his remarks after this lengthy oration but with some investigation, any researcher would see that he intended to be brief. The Gettysburg Address has come to be one of the most well-known speeches in history. Although the entire speech was delivered in less than three minutes, its content was rich and the sentiments conveyed were powerful.

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THE HANDSOME LINCOLN MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON DC, WHOSE 1922 DEDICATION WAS ATTENDED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S SON ROBERT TODD LINCOLN

Historians have compared President Lincoln’s remarks to sources that appear to have influenced his choice of words. More specifically, the principles of human equality conveyed by the Declaration of Independence were echoed when President Lincoln referred to the “new birth of freedom” made possible by the recent struggle. It appears that this parallel was deliberate evidenced by the introductory phrase "Four score and seven years ago."

Other noted parallels include a structural resemblance to Pericles's Funeral Oration during the Peloponnesian War circa 400 BC as described by Thucydides. Both begin by acknowledging predecessors, followed by praise for dedication to democracy, respect for those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause, and motivation for the living to continue the fight.

Gettysburg Address

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS AS WRITTEN BY THE HAND OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Another recognized influence is the words of Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster, "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable" and "made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people." Additionally, many American historians recognize the literary style of the King James Bible in President Lincoln’s speech and writing.

President Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address before and while the President was traveling by railroad to Pennsylvania. Reporters who captured the exact wording of the speech as it was delivered agree that its content differs slightly from each of the five handwritten copies that have been preserved; most notably, the addition of the words “under God” in the phrase “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

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GEORGE PETER ALEXANDER HEALY'S 1869 PAINTING OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Two versions had been written before the speech was delivered. They were provided to John Nicolay and John Hay, President Lincoln’s private secretaries. The remaining three versions were created upon request later and were provided to Massachusetts politician Edward Everett, historian and former Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, and Colonel Alexander Bliss, the stepson of historian George Bancroft. The only version that includes President Lincoln’s signature and date is the one provided to Colonel Bliss, known as the Bliss copy. This is the version that is referenced most often.

The lasting value of these words was echoed in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy stated "Five score years ago the ground on which we here stand shuddered under the clash of arms and was consecrated for all time by the blood of American manhood. Abraham Lincoln, in dedicating this great battlefield, has expressed, in words too eloquent for paraphrase or summary, why this sacrifice was necessary."

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focusing on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items. Mr. Amyx is proud to have acquired several authentic artifacts owned by U.S. Presidents including Abraham Lincoln. To discuss purchase, sale or trade of museum-quality historical artifacts, please contact Mr. Amyx.

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Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy Endures 150 Years Later

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a country that is steeped in a rich and vibrant past — a history filled with enough memorable and stunning events to fill more books than are in the Library of Congress. What’s more, today, we can continue to “live” our history through television shows and movies that celebrate many epic events and acclaimed public and political figures who made significant contributions to this great country of ours.

One in particular is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln, one of the United States’ most famous political figures, has been ingrained in our psyche through a plethora of media, including paintings, photography, stage plays, music and the movies.

abraham lincoln emancipation proclamationTHE LEGENDARY PAINTING BY FRANCIS BICKNELL CARPENTER OF LINCOLN AND HIS CABINET DRAFTING THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

A prime example is the movie, “Lincoln,” currently showing throughout the country that has been hailed by many critics as a spectacular homage to Lincoln, thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis’ striking resemblance to and reported mannerism of the President.

daniel day lewis abraham lincolnA ONE-OF-A-KIND ACTOR PLAYING A ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESIDENT: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Lincoln is considered one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique, remarkable story — his rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the country. His legacy will surely endure as we recognize and remember him for his distinctively human and humane personality and the significantly historical role he played as savior of the Union and emancipator of slaves. In fact, it is his Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863 that freed all slaves in the rebellious states and began the path for what became the eventual abolition of slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Later that same year, Lincoln delivered his famous and oft-quoted Gettysburg Address - which still today prevails as one of the most influential pieces of oratory in American history. And on November 19, this famous speech celebrated its 149th anniversary. Today, Lincoln’s legacy is indisputable. And for that we as a country are forever grateful.

mary todd lincoln photo 1 resized 600MARY TODD LINCOLN, FIRST LADY OF OUR COUNTRY

Lincoln’s wife and the First Lady from 1861 to 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln was a staunch supporter of the President’s quest to save the Union. During her years in the White House, the First Lady often visited hospitals around Washington. Her dedication to the military was demonstrated when she would take the time to write letters for them to send to their loved ones. Occasionally, she would accompany the President on military visits to the field. While she performed her duties as the First Lady flawlessly, hosting many social functions, she was often blamed by historians for what was perceived as spending too much on the White House. She was said to have felt that it was an important duty to maintain the prestige of the Presidency and the Union during the horrendous Civil War.

Mary Todd Lincoln Gold CoinsGOLD ENGRAVINGS OF MARY TODD LINCOLN, A FIRST LADY OF COMPLEXITY AS WELL AS UNBEARABLE SUFFERING

The President and the First Lady had four sons: Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, and Tad Lincoln. Sadly, only son Robert Todd Lincoln lived to a thriving adulthood. Early death deprived son's Willie as well as Tad of adult success and happiness. These tradgedies, along with the murder of the Predsident, had much to do with the fraqile mental health of Mary Todd Lincoln.

abraham lincoln eyeglasses 1LINCOLN’S PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

We present for your viewing pleasure a remarkable and rare find: Abraham Lincoln’s prescription eyeglasses, lovingly preserved and protected in a rich leather, gold embossed optical case.  This is just one of many Presidential relics in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

lincoln eyeglasses reading son tad 1 resized 600LINCOLN WEARING HIS SIGNATURE GLASSES WITH HIS BELOVED SON TAD

abraham lincoln white house china 1 resized 600FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION - THE LINCOLNS' WHITE HOUSE DINNER PLATE USED FOR STATE DINNER, STILL IN SPECTACULAR CONDITION ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS LATER

Also featured is a Dinner Plate that was selected by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, who was passionate and dedicated to her responsibility and duty for furnishing the White House. This Dinner Plate is part of a collection that was French, and imported and decorated by E.V. Haughwout and Company, New York. The collection was presented and used at State Dinners at the White House. Several original Lincoln pieces of this beautiful porcelain reside in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection today.

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PRESIDENTIAL CHINA - PORTION OF MAJOR COLLECTION REVEALED - LINCOLN

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

Early in 1861, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln discussed the important selection of their, soon to be, Official White House China.  Mary Todd Lincoln, (1818–1882), is believed to be the very first, First Lady to play an Assertive role in choosing White House China & Furnishings for The Executive Mansion.  The Lincoln's selected an impressive and historic choice. A Total Classic! The President and First Lady definitely made a statement. This recent discovery of additional 1861 Lincoln White House China, after a 30 year quest, finally made its way to America's most prolific White House China Collection - The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (A.K.A.) The American Heritage Collection.

abraham lincoln official white house china RECENTLY DISCOVERED ABRAHAM AND MARY TODD LINCOLN DINNER PLATE - IN ALL IT'S STUNNING - SOLFERINO - SPLENDOR

This State Dinner Service was French; imported and decorated by The E. V. Haughwout Company, New York.  Mr. Haughwout and Talented Staff hand-painted the Eagle and Clouds, the Gilt decoration as well as the color of Solverino (Royal Purple).  The initial order of which this Stunning Lincoln Plate is one, was for 190 Official pieces.  Mrs. Lincoln's Elegant Choice of White House China has been much appreciated by all First Families; as well as being coveted by advanced collectors for 150 years.

PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLNPRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

At the beginning of the 2nd term of the Abraham Lincoln Administration, Mary Todd Lincoln ordered, with a tone of urgency, the below Buff set of French Haviland China for use at the Executive Mansion.  This China also became known as Official White House China.  It was to feature more modest decoration and to be more simple in design than The First Lady's previously ordered Elegant Solferino (Royal Purple) China of 1861. Only three months prior to the Assassination of President Lincoln, did this Buff China Set finally arrive at The White House.  When Andrew Johnson assumed the Presidency, the Buff China below was, in very specific writing, turned over to that Administration.  Today, a number of examples of the above Solverino (Royal Purple) China remain at The White House as well as at the Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress. Perhaps the best Lincoln Buff China example of the entire Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln order can be seen below.

LINCOLN BUFF CHINA RARE 10" SERVING BOWL OF THE LINCOLN BUFF CHINA

The above Lincoln Buff China is in The Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx Collection. It features a Rare 10" Buff covered serving piece.  Mrs. Lincoln's urgent order was for this Wide Band Buff and Gold on White Porcelain. There was a Particular Hue to the Buff on the Original White House order.  The elegant serving dish featured here was known in the original early 1865 Lincoln Buff Order as one of just four serving pieces described as: " A vegetable dish with cover."  The above pictured attractive example survives intact; and in near pristine condition.  This Stunning Vegetable Dish came to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection via Historian and Author, Robert Doares, of Williamsburg, Virginia. 

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Prior to its release to The  Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx  Collection, the Buff China rested at The White House so that the Graceful Lid, in particular, could be examined by William Allman, The White House Curator. There, in The White House, the two Gentlemen (Allman and Doares) met to discuss the Lincoln Buff China order; and Specifically, to discuss the Two Primary issues: 1. To Confirm, as closely as possible, the appropriate shade of the Hue of the Buff and; 2. To determine that the Maker of this Lincoln Acquisition to The White House China Collection, in early 1865, was indeed the Haviland Company. After Doares and Allman's caring and dual examination, this Lincoln Buff Vegetable Serving Bowl and Lid was enroute to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx for inclusion into his Official White House China Collection.

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Often Raleigh DeGeer Amyx adds additional Official White House China pieces to his Collection. And at the conclusion of this offering is a method made available to reach him directly. Only if Mr. Amyx has multiple pieces of the same pattern does he ever part with a major piece of historical porcelain. Direct contact with specifics are the best way to arrange a telephone conference.

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WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ABRAHAM LINCOLN - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 @ 08:15 AM

Early in 1861, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln discussed the important selection of their, soon to be, Official White House China.  Mary Todd Lincoln, (1818–1882), is believed to be the very first, First Lady to play an Assertive role in choosing White House China & Furnishings for The Executive Mansion.  The Lincoln's selected an impressive and historic choice. A Total Classic! The President and First Lady definitely made a statement. This recent discovery of 1861 Lincoln White House China, after a 30 year quest, finally made its way to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (A.K.A.) The American Heritage Collection.

abraham lincoln official white house china RECENTLY DISCOVERED ABRAHAM AND MARY TODD LINCOLN DINNER PLATE - IN ALL IT'S STUNNING - SOLFERINO - SPLENDOR

This State Dinner Service was French; imported and decorated by The E. V. Haughwout Company, New York.  Mr. Haughwout and Talented Staff hand-painted the Eagle and Clouds, the Gilt decoration as well as the color of Solverino (Royal Purple).  The initial order of which this Stunning Lincoln Plate is one, was for 190 Official pieces.  Mrs. Lincoln's Elegant Choice of White House China has been much appreciated by all First Families; as well as being coveted by advanced collectors for 150 years.

PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLNPRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

At the beginning of the 2nd term of the Abraham Lincoln Administration, Mary Todd Lincoln ordered, with a tone of urgency, the below Buff set of French Haviland China for use at the Executive Mansion.  This China also became known as Official White House China.  It was to feature more modest decoration and to be more simple in design than The First Lady's previously ordered Elegant Solferino (Royal Purple) China of 1861. Only three months prior to the Assassination of President Lincoln, did this Buff China Set finally arrive at The White House.  When Andrew Johnson assumed the Presidency, the Buff China below was, in very specific writing, turned over to that Administration.  Today, a number of examples of the above Solverino (Royal Purple) China remain at The White House as well as at the Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress. Perhaps the best Lincoln Buff China example of the entire Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln order can be seen below.

LINCOLN BUFF CHINA RARE 10" SERVING BOWL OF THE LINCOLN BUFF CHINA

The above Lincoln Buff China is in The Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx Collection. It features a Rare 10" Buff covered serving piece.  Mrs. Lincoln's urgent order was for this Wide Band Buff and Gold on White Porcelain. There was a Particular Hue to the Buff on the Original White House order.  The elegant serving dish featured here was known in the original early 1865 Lincoln Buff Order as one of just four serving pieces described as: " A vegetable dish with cover."  The above pictured attractive example survives intact; and in near pristine condition.  This Stunning Vegetable Dish came to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection via Historian and Author, Robert Doares, of Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Prior to its release to The  Raleigh  DeGeer  Amyx  Collection, the Buff China rested at The White House so that the Graceful Lid, in particular, could be examined by William Allman, The White House Curator. There, in The White House, the two Gentlemen (Allman and Doares) met to discuss the Lincoln Buff China order; and Specifically, to discuss the Two Primary issues: 1. To Confirm, as closely as possible, the appropriate shade of the Hue of the Buff and; 2. To determine that the Maker of this Lincoln Acquisition to The White House China Collection, in early 1865, was indeed the Haviland Company. After Doares and Allman's caring and dual examination, this Lincoln Buff Vegetable Serving Bowl and Lid was enroute to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx for inclusion into his Official White House China Collection.

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