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The President's Valet - Just What Do They Do?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER WITH HIS DEVOTED VALET, SERGEANT JOHN MOANEY

Every President of the United States has had a valet. But unlike many valet positions, serving as personal assistant to the POTUS involves more than assembling the day’s wardrobe. The president’s valet has always been a factotum and confidante as well.

Their “insider view” of the American Presidency is a rare one, indeed. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, renowned collector of White House China and other Presidential memorabilia, has known Presidential valets, as well as other “upstairs” level White House aides. Through them, he has collected facts and stories about many of our chief executives and life in the Executive Mansion during their tenure.

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Our first President had a favorite slave – William Lee  who served as Washington's personal assistant. Later in life, when George Washington died, Presidents James Madison and John Tyler also had slaves that served as their personal assistants.

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PRESIDENT EISENHOWER AND SGT. MOANEY WERE BOTH SELF-PROCLAIMED "GRILL MASTERS"

One of the most famous Presidential valets was Sgt. John Moaney, a long-time aide to Dwight Eisenhower. Moaney first met Eisenhower when he was transferred to the General’s personal staff during World War II. Moaney traveled from post to post during Eisenhower’s service as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, as did several other enlisted men who also had the privilege to work for Eisenhower as cooks, drivers, secretaries and butlers.

Sgt. Moaney’s official job was in the kitchen, but he also cared for Eisenhower’s two Scottie dogs and the two dozen puppies they produced over the years. When it came time to move to a new post, Sgt. Moaney took charge of packing up the household.

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THIS HANDSOME CUSTOM HAND-MADE WOODEN TOOL CHEST, CRAFTED BY THE WHITE HOUSE CARPENTERS, WAS A 1959 CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM MOANEY TO EISENHOWER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION 

Following the war, Sgt. Moaney declined to muster out, preferring to stay with General Eisenhower. By doing so, he ultimately became valet to the President. Before that, though, he followed Eisenhower to Columbia University during his stint as president of the college and moved with him to Europe when the General was supreme commander of NATO’s European forces. At Columbia, Eisenhower wore business suits rather than the military uniforms Sgt. Moaney was used to caring for. Moaney had no way of knowing that would prepare him for his future role as valet to the President.

As Presidential valet, tending to the President’s wardrobe was just one of Sgt. Moaney’s responsibilities. He reports he was also called upon to waken the President each morning, organize ingredients so the President could make his favorite vegetable soup, and run the projector so the First Family could watch a movie. Not surprisingly, he also assisted the President by shagging golf balls as Eisenhower practice his swing on the South Lawn.

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SGT. MOANEY LINING UP GOLF BALLS FOR EISENHOWER WHILE ABOARD SHIP

Since Richard Nixon’s tenure, Presidential valets have not been life-long personal aides but members of the military or the White House staff specifically selected for the job. Nonetheless, close relationships still develop.

Hired on to Barack Obama’s Senate office staff in 2006, Reggie Love became the President’s “body man” in 2007 and served into 2011. He describes the comprehensive nature of the job: "I was his DJ, his Kindle, his travel agent, his valet, his daughters' basketball coach, his messenger, his punching bag, his alarm clock, his vending machine, his chief of stuff, his note passer, his spades partner, his party planner, his workout partner, his caterer, his small forward, his buffer, his gatekeeper, his surrogate son … his friend."

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THE BARACK OBAMA OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION FEATURES A UNIQUE KAILUA BLUE RIM - COMING SOON TO THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

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Martin Greenfield: The Presidential Tailor

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

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MARTIN GREENFIELD
"AMERICA'S GREATEST LIVING TAILOR"

Every American president has surrounded himself with political advisors. But one man has been lucky – and talented – enough to serve as fashion advisor to no less than four presidents. That man is Martin Greenfield. Who would have imagined that the teen who survived Auschwitz would eventually become a renowned tailor – not only to presidents but a host of entertainers, sports celebrities and other public figures?

Ironically, it was at Auschwitz where young Martin, born Maximillian Grunfeld, learned to sew. He and his parents, sisters, tiny brother and grandparents were taken from their Czechoslovakia home and shipped to the Nazi concentration camp when he was 15. Martin was put to work in the laundry room, where he repaired garments. At one point, he retrieved an SS shirt from the trash, re-stitched it and proceeded to wear it in secret under his camp uniform.

He says the ability to re-create and wear the shirt – a garment no other prisoner owned – gave him a special power. “Clothes don’t just make the man,” he says, “they can save the man; they did for me.”

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GREENFIELD WITH BILL CLINTON DURING A FITTING IN CLINTON'S WHITE HOUSE BEDROOM. GREENFIELD'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF CLINTON'S CLOSET, "THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST PATHETIC PRESIDENTIAL WARDROBES IN AMERICAN HISTORY."

Martin was the only member of his family who left Auschwitz. Late in World War II, he was transferred to Buchenwald, via a brutal 50-march through the snow. The camp was liberated by American soldiers in April 1945. With no idea all his immediate family were dead, Martin searched for them for two years.

He immigrated to New York, where another Czech refugee helped him get a job sweeping the floor at GGG Clothing. Under the tutelage of owner William Goldman, Martin honed his sewing skills, learning every detail of custom clothing craftsmanship. His reputation as a very fine tailor continued to grow, and General Dwight Eisenhower became his first big-name client, at the time he was running for president. That was a poignant success for Greenfield, who recalls shaking Eisenhower’s hand during the liberation of Buchenwald.

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MARTIN GREENFIELD CLOTHIERS - BROOKLYN, NYC

He purchased GGG Clothing in 1977, giving the firm his own name. At the time, the company had six employees; today it has more than a hundred. Besides Eisenhower, Greenfield has crafted beautiful hand-crafted suits for Presidents Ford, Clinton and Obama. Other clients have run the gamut from Paul Newman and Shaquille O’Neal to Michael Jackson, Al Pacino, Jimmy Fallon, Johnny Depp, Cardinal Edward Egan and General Colin Powell.

Another loyal client is former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Frankly, I’m in awe of him,” Bloomberg admits. “We’re talking about a man who fought to survive some of the worst mankind has ever shown, came to New York with nothing, worked hard, thrived, and took care of his family. Martin is some of the best we can offer. And I don’t buy my suits anywhere else.”

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GREENFIELD'S BOOK IS THE STORY OF A MAN WHO SUFFERED UNIMAGINABLE HORROR AND EMERGED WITH A DREAM OF SUCCESS

Through the years, Greenfield and his employees have produced suits for Hollywood film and television characters as well as “real” customers. His company also contracts with high-end retailers such as Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus and DKNY to make suits for their clientele.

Now well into his 80s, Martin Greenfield has published a memoir entitled “Measure of a Man,” in which he tells his horrifying and compelling life story.

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Dwight D Eisenhower: Presidential Painter

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969)
OUR 34TH PRESIDENT (1953-1961)
SELF-PORTRAIT ca. 1951

In a recent blog article we noted that former President George W. Bush took up painting as a pastime once he retired from the White House. He isn’t the only presidential painter, though. Ulysses S. Grant was an avid painter, as is Jimmy Carter. And then there’s Dwight Eisenhower.

Best known as a 5-star General during World War II and our 34th President, Ike had a softer aesthetic side. He didn’t discover his interest in painting, however, until he was well into his adulthood. As the story goes, he was sitting nearby while well-known artist Thomas Stephens painted a portrait of his wife Mamie. Stephens left the room for a few moments, and Ike picked up a brush and started his own painting on the side of a wooden box. Impressed with this bold gesture and Eisenhower’s apparent desire to paint, Stephens later sent him a full set of oils and brushes.

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At the time, Dwight Eisenhower was serving his first presidential stint, as head of Columbia University. He played around with the tools and materials Stephens had sent, but didn’t believe he had any talent. It was none other than Winston Churchill who convinced Ike to get serious. Churchill was a painter himself.

Eisenhower sometimes quipped that he was able to devote more time to painting during his tenure in the White House than afterward, because his time was so efficiently scheduled. He set aside space on the second floor to use as a painting studio and reportedly spent 10 minutes painting every day before lunch during his two terms as President. Friends said he would spend great lengths of time working to achieve exactly the right color as he worked.

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ONE OF SEVERAL OF EISENHOWER'S PAINTINGS OF HIS FAMILY'S FARM IN GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

Dwight D. Eisenhower produced about 260 paintings during his lifetime. Most were landscapes. He especially loved to do scenes of his family’s farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He liked to paint lakes with mountains or towns, and he even created some desert scenes. He also painted several portraits, including Mamie, his granddaughter Anne and a self-portrait.

He painted portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the latter during his first year as President. This painting now resides in a museum in Gettysburg. Eisenhower’s portrait of Viscount Montgomery of Alamein now belongs to the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

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RARE OIL PAINTING OF TELEGRAPH COTTAGE, 12 MILES SOUTH OF LONDON, BY GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, SIGNED "DE". THE GENERAL LIVED IN TELEGRAPH COTTAGE DURING WORLD WAR II AND THIS IS WHERE IKE PLANNED THE D-DAY INVASION - FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS, OF MAJOR-IMPORTANCE AND NOW PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

New York’s Huntington Hartford Museum held a special showing of his work in 1967. At the opening, a reporter asked him about the symbolism of his paintings, and Eisenhower modestly retorted, “They would have burned this [expletive] a long time ago if I weren’t the president of the United States.”

But not everyone agreed with this self-effacing assessment of his work. At another exhibition of Eisenhower’s paintings -- this one at the Richard Nixon Library in 1990 – acting curator Amanda Fish said, “I think he was very good. I think people will be surprised.”

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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER SENT HIS PAINTING OF GEORGE WASHINGTON TO HALLMARK TO REPRODUCE AS A GIFT TO HIS WHITE HOUSE STAFF ca. 1954

One of Dwight Eisenhower’s early paintings is now part of the permanent collection of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. Entitled “Landscape in Switzerland,” the mountain scene was painted in 1958 by then-President Eisenhower. He gave the landscape to some friends, who bequeathed it to their niece. In 1983, she sold it to the LBJ Foundation through an auction house in Austin, Texas.

Although he often left paintings untitled and undated, Ike always signed them. Sometimes he used the initials DE, sometimes he used his last name.

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Dwight Eisenhower: President, Commander-in-Chief, and... Master Chef?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Dwight D. Eisenhower was our 34th president, the only one ever elected who was a 5-star general. He may also have been the only president – certainly one of few – ever to barbeque at the White House.

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PRESIDENT DWIGHT EISENHOWER & FIRST LADY MAIME EISENHOWER

When we think of President Eisenhower, most of us remember his military achievements, the fact that he created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), or any number of other accomplishments, and the fact that he was an ardent golfer. Today, most people no longer recall that Ike also loved cooking, and that he was well-known for it. The public clamored for his recipes, especially his vegetable soup and beef stew, many of which were reprinted in newspapers around the country.

Dwight D. Eisenhower learned to cook as a child, and as President, he frequently used the kitchen on the third floor of the White House to prepare his favorite dishes. Perhaps that reflects his heritage as a son of America’s heartland. Born and raised in Abilene, Kansas, in a speech delivered upon his homecoming from the war in Europe, he stated, "The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene." Throughout his life, he retained strong feelings for agriculture.

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In a Special Message to the Congress in 1956, President Eisenhower encouraged lawmakers to remember the importance of the country’s farmers. "The proper role of government, however, is that of partner with the farmer -- never his master. By every possible means we must develop and promote that partnership -- to the end that agriculture may continue to be a sound, enduring foundation for our economy and that farm living may be a profitable and satisfying experience."

Cooking was a satisfying pastime for Eisenhower. Many of his recipes were even collected into a cookbook entitled “Ike and Mamie’s Favorites.” But his most famous culinary activity was preparing his Coal-Fired Steak, something he often served visitors to the White House and also at Camp David, which was named for his grandson. This unusual method of “grilling” did not originate with Eisenhower, but to this day many still refer to the method as “Eisenhower steak.”

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Here’s his recipe:

"Build a charcoal fire on the ground and let it burn until it is a bed of red hot coals. Get a sirloin steak 21/2 to 3 inches thick. Roll the steak in a mixture of fine salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Throw the steak in the fire. After about 10 minutes nudge it over once and let it stay in the fire for a total of about 20 minutes. Take it out, brush off, and slice on the diagonal."

Yes, the steak is cooked directly on the hot coals, not on a grill.

dwight-eisenhower-photo-tipping-hatPRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER  WEARING HIS ROLEX

Reflecting back on his presidency in 1968, Ike wrote to Dillon Anderson, his former National Security Advisor, “Many people are always saying the Presidency is too big a job for any one man. When I hear this assertion, I always try to point out that a single man must make the final decisions that affect the whole, but that proper organization brings to him only the questions and problems on which his decisions are needed. His own job is to be mentally prepared to make those decisions and then to be supported by an organization that will make sure they are carried out."

Eisenhower knew that the process of mental preparation requires time for reflection and relaxation. For him, spending time in the kitchen – or outdoors tossing steaks into the fire – kept him close to his native heartland and helped him relax as he mentally prepared for the tough job of presidential decision-making.

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Mamie Eisenhower: Fashionista, Socialite, & First Lady Pink

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower was only 19 when she met and married a young lieutenant, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Like many of her peers, her life was consumed with providing a loving home for her husband, entertaining guests and raising children as they moved from one post to another during his career in the U.S. Army.

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DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER & MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER

The couple had two boys, Doud and John. Sadly, the youthful Doud passed away in 1921 when he was only four due to a case of Scarlet Fever. In 1922, John was born. He survived to adulthood in good health and joined the U.S. Army, later becoming the American ambassador to Belgium and returning as a Brigadier General in the United States Army.

Mamie Eisenhower is very well known for outgoing personality in the role of First Lady. Her father had been a wealthy meatpacking executive and had afforded her many opportunities for traveling and entertaining. Mamie Eisenhower enjoyed decorating the home and White House for holidays. The First Lady’s color choices and fashion sense were also of great interest to the public. The gown she wore to her husband's Inauguration is one of the most popular in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's collection of inaugural gowns.

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MAMIE'S DOUD EISENHOWER'S FAMOUS INAUGURAL DRESS IN "FIRST LADY PINK"

With her favorite color of pink showing up frequently in her public wardrobe and in the décor of the private quarters of the White House, Mrs. Eisenhower helped to make it a popular color for textiles of the early 1950's, making "First Lady Pink" a favorite paint color in the pallet.

During his term in the White House, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack. Mamie stayed with him around the clock while he recuperated. She ensured that he got enough rest, proper exercise and took charge of the administrative flow of his work. She also took care of the President’s mail, responding to citizens and world leaders alike. This was also the case when he had abdominal surgery, a stroke, and in his final days when he was hospitalized for a heart condition.

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MAMIE AND DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CHOSE THIS DRAMATIC SERVICE PLATE IN 1955 - THIS PLATE IS NOW IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

One of the important roles held by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower demonstrated her natural leadership qualities as she promoted the voice of women in voting and in public office. When her old friend, Ellen Harris, ran for a Republican seat in Congress, she campaigned for her. Among her many accomplishments was the fundraising and establishment of Knollwood, a 16 acre secure retirement home for widows of Army personnel.

Mamie Eisenhower took the time to respond to every letter she received. She felt that everyone deserved a personal response and saw to it that this goal was met. At times, she used her influence to support military housing, enlistment deferments, transfers, pensions, and civil service employment with Administration officials. The First Lady frequently made statements of public support to military or defense-related crises and issues of her era such as support for the United Nations and finding a cure for Polio.

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PAT NIXON INTRODUCES THE SOON-TO-BE HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL MARTHA MITCHELL, WIFE OF NIXON'S ATTORNEY GENERAL, TO MAMIE EISENHOWER

After retirement, the Eisenhowers enjoyed their beautiful home and farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After President Eisenhower passed away in 1969, Mamie remained at the farm until she passed away after a stroke in 1979 at age 83.

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The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection is proud to own many museum quality historically significant artifacts. Among these American treasures are major historical military effects that belonged to Dwight D. Eisenhower, an autographed photo of the First Lady with President Eisenhower, as well as the official White House China of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of numerous sets of White House china in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Man Behind the Legend

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Jun 05, 2012 @ 05:55 PM

Sixty years ago this fall, a five-star general in the US Army, originally from Abilene, Kansas, made a calculated and 20th-century-changing decision to run for President of the United States. Carefully noticing the national and international circumstances of his time, his warfare and wartime experience, and the popular public support for a run for office, Dwight Eisenhower realized that his chances for success and the chance to make his mark were unusually high. As he served as the 34th President from 1953 to 1961, Ike ended the Korean war without getting into any others, stabilized the Soviet-American rivalry at the time, maintained conservative principles without offending liberal sensibilities, played a role in facilitating the civil rights movement, and warned us all of the dangers and concerns of an all-powerful 'military-industrial-complex'. Distinct points of achievement most often remembered from his Presidency are the creation of the Interstate Highway System, containment and control of the New Deal coalition, deposing the leader of Iran in a 1953 Coup D'etat, and using nuclear threats to end the Korean War, to name an essential few. For these aforementioned things he was remembered as President, but what about Eisenhower the general? Eisenhower the man?

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Dwight Eisenhower Waving To Public With Classic Hat In Hand - Note Ike's Rolex on his left wrist as he waves to fans

The mid-western town of Abilene, Kansas in 1910 was a quiet place where decent people tolerated each other's peculiar differences, were slow to become angry or judge others, possessed a certain faith in the decency of human beings, and were undistracted and untempted by the selfish ambition of pushing one man's ideas out in order to have their own accepted. Such an upbringing might seem pale in terms of preparing him for some of the later, more challenging decisions he would have to make, such as planning and supervising the invasion of South Africa in Operation Torch, and figuring out how best to deploy a massive number of troops, ships and bombers during the invasion of Normandy in 1944. How was Eisenhower able to achieve so much, and with so much support from the American public?

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An imposing Portrait Of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower the man brought with him a mid-western easygoing nature, friendliness, and proverbial outlook on life that always focused on how to solve serious issues and problems, rather than get entangled with the people or personalities that complicated those problems. He was concerned with addressing the ideas of key contributors to an issue or situation, but without trying to please any one person's particular goals or ideology. Ike could chair and govern meetings with wisdom and ease, coaching individuals to work towards a compromise between conflicting views. Eisenhower the man, who at home liked to watch Westerns and sometimes eat TV dinners after a long day of work, brought this background with him as he helped later building his army career, waged war, and fervently worked to remake the face of Europe.

An education from West Point, early recognition by officers of his organizational skills, and strategic, fortunate placements at certain army bases and post assignments all set the stage for his military career from the 1920's all the way to the Presidency. Along the way Ike developed a keen discipline of reading military history and studying military strategy - alongside the habit and practice of writing (proposals, opinions, journals (which later became his memoirs), and speeches some of which were for General MacArthur while serving as his top-aide in the Phillipines. Probably the most pivotal points in his career, ones that set the stage for his highest military achievement as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces for the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, were the relationships (and accompanying teachings) he built with various Generals. Fox Conner, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall were among the fine generals that he served, Conner being the most impactful and influential on Ike's military thinking. "Fox Conner was the ablest man I ever knew", he was quoted as saying, among other praises of General Conner. But Historians give the primary nuturing credit of Eisenhower to General George C. Marshall.

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Eisenhower The General:  Supreme Commander of The Allied Forces during WWII - Note, Ike's leather World War 11 Jacket which is now in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection

Eisenhower's achievements in World War II were recognized by more than just the American public and military/government officials. One lesser known event that memorialized Ike's achievements as a world military leader and United States president was the unique creation and issuance of a finely crafted Rolex Yellow Gold Datejust watch the 150,000th made in fact which Rolex designed especially for General Eisehower, which they presented to Ike in late 1950.  This watch and the circumstances in which it was created all contributed to the image of the Rolex President. Coincidentally, Ike played a huge role in the rebranding of Rolex, and among elites who recognize the meaning and impact of owning a Rolex watch, Eisenhower came to represent a very rare international mark of achievement at that time. Other than Churchill and a couple other world leaders, most recipients of Rolex watches up to that time were known for their business or personal successes rather than achievements, particularly achievements of the magnitude and nature of Eisenhower's.

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Eisenhower With His Rolex: The International Mark Of Achievement - This Rolex is currently in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection - where it has been since 1983

As a young military graduate with firm yet docile midwestern sensibilities, a military officer and later, general with an ocean trench of understanding of modern warfare and strategy, a politican sensitive to the american public's fears and concerns but without ideological favoritism, Eisenhower is now being recognized by historians as one of the top ten presidents of all time. Perhaps the recent resurgence of Eisenhower's legacy and its accompanying nostalgia can help both voters and all government officials come to a better understanding of the leadership we need in these times of politial discontent.

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President Dwight David  Eisenhower At his Oval Office Desk

Few presidents in recent history can match the timeless impact of Eisenhower's own words:

"We look upon this shaken Earth, and we declare our firm and fixed purpose — the building of a peace with justice in a world where moral law prevails. The building of such a peace is a bold and solemn purpose. To proclaim it is easy. To serve it will be hard."

 

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DWIGHT EISENHOWER ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING -- IKE'S WORLD WAR 11 H.Q.

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Feb 06, 2012 @ 02:06 PM

Of major interest is the discovery of an important original oil painting by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The exact location of this major artifact, having World War 11 significance, is at long last being shared with all that care about the sacrifice born by our ancestors, for which we reap benefits to this very day today - Freedom. The future President of The United States completed this artistic rendering some 62 years ago.

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This important oil painting (approximately 14" X 18") was accomplished by Dwight Eisenhower a few years after the ending of World War II.  The General presented this important artistic effort to his longtime Valet, Sgt. John Moaney. Not surprisingly, General Eisenhower  made a conscious effort to depict, via an Original Oil rendition, his own personally chosen World War II Headquarters – "Telegraph Cottage" – located just 15 miles South of London, England.

eisenhower paintingIKE'S AVID INTEREST FOR RELAXATION WAS OIL PAINTING - THE GENERAL DID THIS OVER A PERIOD OF MANY YEARS - IN EUROPE, AS PRESIDENT AND IN RETIREMENT

"Telegraph Cottage" was the Official location that Eisenhower selected to both live and work as he Commanded the European Theater throughout World War II. This effort culminated in the Surrender by Germany on May 7,1945. Coincidentally The German's Surrendered on the Birthday of The Commander in Chief - Harry S Truman.

Ike presented this Important Historical Oil Painting to his long-time Valet Sgt. Moaney. The General not only signed the front, "DE" but also writing, in part, on the verso of the painting, "For Sgt. Moaney - I  helped plan both Torch 1942, (the Invasion of North Africa) and Overlord 1945 (D-Day) - Telegraph Cottage - 15 miles South of London- DDE".

general eisenhower and sgt. john moaneyTHE PRESIDENT GRILLING T-BONE STEAKS WITH HIS FRIEND AND VALET SGT. JOHN MOANEY - MOANEY WAS WITH IKE DAILY FROM 1942 - 1969

Years later Eisenhower authored a book entitled "At Ease - Stories I like to tell Friends"; and in that Book The General described 'Sgt. John Moaney - a man indispensible to me throughout my life'. And later, Ike also remembered Moaney by remembering him in his Will. Sgt. Moaney had first met The General in early 1942 in England. He was chosen by Ike to serve as his personal Valet. They both lived together within "Telegraph Cottage" thoughout World War 11.  Moaney was with Ike daily from 1942 until The President's Death in 1969; and Moaney was loyally present at Walter Reed Hospital when the Great General breathed his very last.

ike and mamie photo signedNOTE THE AFFECTIONATE INSCRIPTION TO BOTH SGT. MOANEY AND DELORES MOANEY FROM THE EISENHOWER'S WHILE THE FOUR WERE AT GETTYSBURG TOGETHER

Sgt. Moaney married Delores Moaney about 1945. Delores  was The Eisenhower Family Cook for many years...serving at both The White House and for many years later at Gettysburg Farm. In fact both Sgt. John Moaney and Delores Moaney lived within their Gettysburg Farm Home - (Eisenhower's choice of permanent retirement) with Mamie Doud Eisenhower, long after The President had passed away.

inscription signed by eisenhower and mamieCLOSE-UP OF EISENHOWER TO MOANEY INSCRIPTION OF  PHOTO ON BENCH ILLUSTRATED ABOVE

Over a quarter-century ago the Moaney's graciously presented this important DDE oil painting of "Telegraph Cottage" to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection - for inclusion into his well-known Collection, also known as The American Heritage Collection.

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EISENHOWER'S WW11 LEATHER JACKET - IKE JACKET FINALLY LOCATED -

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, Jan 08, 2012 @ 01:38 PM

IKE'S WW11 LEATHER JACKET - IKE JACKET - IS FINALLY LOCATED

During World War 11 General Dwight D. Eisenhower sometimes wore a handsome Leather Jacket while living at Telegraph Cottage, 15 Miles South of London. That was his Headquarters while in Command of the European Theater. Fortunately this rare historical World War 11 relic has been located. It is now in the The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (A.K.A.) The Anerican Heritage Collection. The Ike Jacket came to Mr. Amyx directly from the General's Valet and Personal Cook, Sgt. and Mrs. John Moaney.

EISENHOWER'S WORLD WAR 11 LEATHER JACKET DURING CONFLICT IN THE  EUROPEAN THEATRE

General Eisenhower's WW11 Leather Jacket is a relic of significant magnitude. Little known is the fact that Eisenhower was a Four-Star General for a period of 17 months during World War II.  For the final 7 months of this World Conflict Ike was a Five-Star General. At that time the Four-Star leather Jacket went to The General's Valet, Sgt. Moaney. There is no evidence, as of this writing, that it was ever replaced with a Five-Star Leather Jacket,  for the final 7 Months of furious warfare. It is possible, although Sgt. Moaney could not recall that event. 

president eisenhoer & sgt. john moaneyPRESIDENT EISENHOWER & SGT. JOHN MOANEY BARBECUE TOGETHER -  THEY WERE TOGETHER DAILY FROM 1942 -1969

It has now been revealed that Eisenhower's Leather Jacket was presented, nearly 30 years ago, to Mr. Amyx by the Moaney's. Impeccable provenance, in the form of a detailed Letter, on White House Stationery, was addressed to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, attesting to all historic details many years ago.  Specifically, the Leather Jacket came from Sgt. Moaney and Delores Moaney, who was not only married to Sgt. Moaney, but was also the Eisenhower's personal cook. In fact, the Eisenhower's were so fond of the Moaney's that following the 8 years they spent together in The White House both Sgt. Moaney and Dolores Moaney were invited to move, with the Eisenhower's to Gettysburg farm, the retirement home of the General and Mamie Eisenhower. This occurred following the Inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on January 20, 1961.

ike's ww11 leather jacketGENERAL EISENHOWER'S WW11 LEATHER JACKET WITH 4  HAND-SWEN BOUILLION STARS ON EACH EPAULET--THE PRESIDENT'S BINOCULARS REST AT LEFT SIDE

General Eisenhower, upon his death in 1969, also left Sgt.  his handsome 18 Karat Gold Rolex , as well as funds, as an additional token of his affection.  From 1942, until the President's death in 1969, Sgt. John Moaney was with Ike daily.  Years before the President's death, Eisenhower authored a book entitled At Ease; and, in that book he thoughtfully described Moaney as a man indispensable to him during his lifetime. They were Inseperable.

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PRESIDENTIAL ROLEX - EISENHOWER'S ROLEX - THE RAREST WATCH ON PLANET

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 01:52 PM

Ike's Rolex was located recently.  This 18K Gold Rolex may very well be the most Important time-piece on the Planet.  It was worn by President Eisenhower, almost daily, throughout his 1953-1960 Tenure as Commander in Chief - at The White House.  However, this Presidential Rolex was actually presented to General Eisenhower while he was the NATO Commander in 1950.

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 This was an important presentation on the part of Rolex in that this Rolex was the 150,000th Rolex ever manufactured by them.  The 100,000th  Rolex had previously been presented to Sir Winston Churchill. Therefore, Rolex obviously considered certain Manufacturing Milestone's as being of major significance. In addition the present day terminology - "Presidential Rolex" -  is believed to have been taken from the historic fact that General Eisenhower was the first President to ever wear such a distinctive timepiece.

eisenhower life magazine|life magazine|ike's rolex|eisenhower rolex|presidential rolex|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER ON THE FRONT COVER OF LIFE MAGAZINE IN 1952 - WEARING THE 150,00TH ROLEX ON HIS LEFT WRIST

Also, accompanying the Eisenhower Presidential Rolex are detailed and complete records between Rolex and the General beginning in 1950 and for many years following. This also includes important photographs as well as the appropriate Serial Number, as selected by the Rolex Corporation for their 150,000th.

ikes rolex|eisenhowers rolex|rolex|presidential rolex|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE BRACELET ENGRAVING AS ACCOMPLISHED AND AUTHORIZED BY ROLEX FOR AND TO GENERAL DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER - IN 1950

The Five-Stars and all Hand-Engraving was accomplished after consultation by Rolex with General Eisenhower. The Engraving was done by a highly skilled artist, in Switzerland, as determined by Rolex. This was just prior to the presentation of the time-piece to General Eisenhower, on December 19, 1950.

ikes rolex|eisenhowers rolex|rolex|presidential rolex|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE 1950 HAND ENGRAVING AS DONE BY ROLEX FOR PRESENTATION TO GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

  Many pages of Impeccable Provenance accompany this important relic of historic importance. There is also a detailed letter of Provenance from the Moaney's, (full details below) presenting this important Rolex to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. The principal Provenance is addressed - from the Moaney's to Mr. Amyx - on White House Stationery, some 25 plus years ago.

eisenhowers rolex|ikes rolex|presidential rolex|rolex|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|ANOTHER IMPORTANT CLOSE-UP OF PRESIDENT EISENHOWER WEARING THE 150,00TH ROLEX ON HIS LEFT WRIST

General Dwight David Eisenhower wore this Rolex from the time of its 1950 Presentation until his death in 1969.  Before his death, President Eisenhower saw to it that it was given to his longtime Aide and Valet - Sgt. John Moaney.  In a Book, Authored by President Eisenhower, entitled  "At Ease - Stories I Tell To Friends", Eisenhower described Moaney as a man indispensable to him during his life-time. An Exalted measure of praise for his friend and confidant from the time of their World War 11 1942 meeting until Ike's Death in 1969. Ike and Moaney were with each other daily for 27 consecutive years.

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Sgt. John Moaney was married to Dolores Moaney, the Cook for Mamie and Dwight D. Eisenhower, for over 30 years.  When Sgt. Moaney, unfortunately, passed away from Cancer, about 1981, this important piece of history was presented to a trusted friend of the Moaney's, Mr. Amyx. - for inclusion into The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) as The American Heritage Collection. In the not too distant future this historic piece will be shared with an institution or another collector of note.

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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...

the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|eisenhower inscribed signed photo|“To: Delores and Sergeant John Moaney with
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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