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THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S-SILVER FRAME - COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, May 25, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

Featured is Theodore Roosevelt's (1858-1919) Personal Silver Frame and Cabinet photo – as a"Rough Rider". The President's Silver Frame contains an Impressive photo of him with a Stamp on the verso, Officially Marked - "Presidents File".

thodore roosevelt memorabilia,presidential memorabilia,t.r. property, the raleigh degeer amyx collection,raleigh degeer amyx,the american heritage collectionELEGANT FRAME AND ROUGH RIDER CABINET PHOTO - OWNED AND USED IN THE WHITE HOUSE - BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT

The President kept his personal property, as illustrated above,within the White House living quarters until the Roosevelts permanently left, in 1909.  At that time, it was presented to a favored White House Employee as a Gesture of Appreciation.  When properly brought to the polished state of immaculate and unblemished appearance, T.R's Ornate Silver Frame brings on even more Stunning clarity. 

theodore roosevelt celluloid,t.r. rough rider,theodore roosevelt button,the raleigh degeer amyx collection,the american heritage collection,raleigh degeer amyx,THEODORE ROOSEVELT - IN 1898 - AS A "ROUGH RIDER"

The 1898 Rough Rider Venture into Cuba, during the Spanish American war, was perhaps, singularly the most Important Event in Theodore Roosevelt's Life.  Overwhelming Publicity was garnished from his role as a Rough Rider and it was a Major reason why he was elected Governor of New York.  And if he had not been the young Governor of New York, T.R. would not have been selected as Vice-President under William McKinley. And not long after, T.R. was to become an Accidental President, when President McKinley was Assassinated in 1901.  A few years later he was Elected President, in his own right, and Theodore Roosevelt's exploits, as well as accomplishments, have been carefully attested to by Historians over time.

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 ALWAYS PHOTOGENIC - PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT

 There was a Tremendous amount of Publicity resulting from the Rough Rider conflict during the 1898 Spanish-American war and the Gallantry of the future President was extensively covered by the Press.  At the time of the adventure, there was an Official Recommendation for the Congressional Medal of Honor. This Distinction of Bravery ultimately arrived on the desk of a Politically Conflicting - Secretary of War. The Secretary then refused to sign off on this Major Honor.  Many years of ensuing debate followed; with The Congressional Medal of Honor, the Epitome of Heroic Distinction, eventually being Approved and Awarded by President William Jefferson Clinton in 2001.

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Currently this Important Personal Relic, that once belonged to Theodore Roosevelt, is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.

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FDR ENDS PROHIBITION & CELEBRATES BY DRINKING A BEER WITH THIS GLASS!

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @ 05:14 PM

The First-Class Beer Glass, made Especially for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was for the purpose of Celebrating the date that certain Alcoholic Beverages became Legal within The United States. This was as a result of the near ending of Prohibition. Actually, it was a little bit more complicated than that.  Why?  Because the final ending of Prohibition involved a series of Legislative agreements, compromises and maneuvers. These steps would soon reach final agreement to End Prohibition – a rather complicated State and Federal Political process which we will get into just a bit later on.

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The President's approximately 5 1/2" tall heavy Crystal Beer Glass has a design around the upper middle with what appears to be rather like thumb prints, but to the hand feels like knobs.  Around the middle is a cut diamond pattern in three significant lines.  At the top is an etched Shield or Crest, with the imposing Initials "FDR". Above this Impressive Crest, and Deeply Etched into the President's Glass, is the date "April 7, 1933". This is a Crystal Glass of some Significant Design as well as Quality.  This Important piece of American History is now in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

fdr prohibition ends|repeal of the 18th amendment|fdr beer glass|fdr glass|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF - THE FDR AND DATED PORTION - OF THE PRESIDENTS OWN BEER GLASS WHICH SIGNIFIES THE NEAR END OF THE REPEAL OF THE 18TH AMENDMENT

There is Impeccable Provenance accompanying this piece of History, once owned and used by one of the Two Greatest People of the 20th Century – the other being Sir Winston Churchill. This Relic's Lineage traces directly from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on April 7,1933, to White House Maître de' Charles Ficklin - a Permanent and longtime Career Staff Member of The White House.  Mr. Ficklin, (Pictured just below - at work in The White House), realized the obvious Importance of this Historical FDR Relic, and protected it for many Decades.

charles ficklin|white house staff|raleigh degeer amyx|THE FICKLIN BROTHERS - CHARLES AND JOHN FICKLIN - BOTH BROTHERS SERVED FOR LONG PERIODS AS WAITERS AND THEN AS WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE's - FORTUNATELY CHARLES FICKLIN  RETRIEVED THE FDR 1933 GLASS - THE FICKLIN'S ARE PICTURED HERE - AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE - AT THE TIME OF THE  DREADFUL ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

The 21st Amendment, which Repealed nationwide Prohibition, explicitly gives States the right to restrict or ban the purchase or sale of alcohol.  This led to a patchwork of American Laws, in which alcohol was sold legally in some but not all towns or counties within a particular state.  After the Repeal of the Constitutional Amendment, some states continued to enforce Prohibition laws.  Actually, it was never illegal to drink liquor in the America.  But it was illegal to sell it.

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On March 23, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed into Law an Important Amendment to the Volstead Act. This Action, at last, allowed the manufacture and sale of "3.2 Beer"and light wines.  As earlier stated, it was a long process on the legal front to totally end Prohibition. It was not easy. This entangled web of work in Congress, as well as within The Executive Branch and the mind of FDR, had been in process for many months.

 Finally, the 18th Amendment was Repealed later that same year, with Ratification of the 21st Amendment coming on December 5, 1933.  But when FDR and other Senior Legislators were Celebrating in the White House, by drinking a 3.2 beer, they knew that they were in the final throes of over throwing the 18th Amendment, which however well intended, ended up increasing Crime in America. This Major Criminal Involvement in Prohibition, for a decade or more, resulted in endless Violent Death as well as the illegal funneling of Mega-Millions of Dollars throughout the United States. It had been a hard time for America and although not expected, Prohibition had been Excruciatingly Profitable for many enterprising Criminals.  

The President's Toast on April 7, 1933 Signified that The End of Prohibition was a tiny step away. This Repeal of the 18th Amendment and 1933 Enactment of the 21st Amendment was a Major Legislative Accomplishment. And President Franklin Delano Rooosevelt was enthusiastic about Celebrating, on April 7, 1933, the near end of what he and so many other had been pushing for. Thus Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Beer "Toast", with this Handsome personalized Beer Glass, which is now in The Raleigh Degeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.

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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Apr 05, 2011 @ 02:07 PM

Featured is the Official White House China of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Specifically illustrated is a 10.5" Dinner Plate – which was ordered by The Roosevelt's in 1934.  This Lenox production, at the suggestion of Eleanor Roosevelt, featured an inner Gold Border with Feathers alternating with Bands of Roses with Motifs. This Creativity was borrowed from the Historic Roosevelt Family Coat of Arms.

the raleigh degeer amyx collection,franklin roosevelt white house china,white house china,FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT'S 1934 WHITE HOUSE 10.5" DINNER PLATE, BY LENOX, SPEAKS VOLUMES IN SIMPLE ELEGANCE

Simultaneously featured within this same presentation is the Official Service Plate, also Created by Lenox, for The U.S.S. Williamsburg.  It is a Stunning 11.5" Service Plate. There were other pieces of suitable matching China that FDR ordered during World War II for The Presidential Yacht.  Unfortunately, the April 12, 1945 sudden and untimely death of FDR meant that he would, sadly, never ever use or ever see this Gorgeous final U.S.S. Williamsburg Porcelain.

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 However, President Harry S. Truman immediately adopted it for his U.S.S. Williamsburg Presidential Yacht, were it remained and was used many times by him as he vacationed at his favorite Presidential Retreat in Key West. And it remained as the Official Service Plate on the Presidential Yacht until Dwight D. Eisenhower became President, in 1953.  At that point, President Eisenhower Decommissioned this large and Famous Presidential Yacht.

uss williamsburg china,franklin d. roosevelt china,raleigh degeer amyx collection,THE PRESIDENTIAL YACHT -  THE U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG - WHICH PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND TRUMAN SO FREQUENTLY CHOSE FOR WORK AND RELAXATION

Only the U.S.S. Williamsburg Service Plate had the Dramatic Encircling 13 Gold Stars, representing the 13 Original States.  Following the Decommissioning of the Presidential Yacht, all of the U.S.S. Williamsburg China was taken to the Presidential Retreat, Camp David.  There this Beautiful China remained, for many years, until finally being retired. Other Camp David  China, also illustrating the Seal of the President of the United States arrived.  However, it was really not until the Ronald Reagan Administration that Super Quality, Camp David China, Manufactured and Designed by Pickard, came into Official use. This Splendid China featured a Rustic Red and Gold Motif. Illustrated below, for those interested in the History of America, are close-up shots of the FDR White House China.

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Currently, all of the Historic China illustrated above is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, also known as The American Heritage Collection. This White House China Collection is currently ranked in the Top Two Private Collections in The World.

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THE EXQUISITE WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF DWIGHT D EISENHOWER IS NOW LOCATED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 @ 02:24 PM

The Official White House State Dinner China of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Doud Eisenhower are particularly coveted pieces.  Why?  Because a total of Only 120 pieces were ever ordered by Mamie Doud Eisenhower for Official use in the White House. Mrs. Eisenhower's reason for making such a decision was because there was no justified need for a complete set due to the recent orderings from Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. But the Eisenhower's felt it was Important to at least have their own Representation  permanently in The White House Collection. Thus, no other fill-in pieces were ordered by the Eisenhower's other than The Imposing 11.5"  Service Plates.  The total of 120 Stunning Pieces were received, at The White House, in 1955.

eisenhower white house chinaMAMIE & DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CHOSE THIS DRAMATIC SERVICE PLATE-IN 1955-TO BECOME THEIR OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA

Important Historical Note: The entire Rims of the Eisenhower Service Plates are covered with Pure Coin Gold in an embossed diamond pattern.  This expensive process of the Gold Firing to the wide-band Rims required an Impressive Eight separate Firings.....an extremely expensive process.  This had to be done in order to achieve the desired finish of such Extraordinary Pure Gold Elegance.

eisenhower white house chinaVERSO MARKINGS OF THE GOLD RIMMED OFFICIAL STATE DINNER SERVICE-BY CASTLETON-AS SELECTED BY THE EISENHOWER'S 

Interestingly, the Eisenhower's moved away from the precedent-setting direction of choosing the renowned Lenox China Co. (Lenox had been previously chosen by The White House from 1918 to 1955). Castleton was then called upon by The White House, as well as The First Family, and they showed they were up to the challenge in 1955.

  • dwigght eisenhower and mamie eisenhowerDWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AND MAMIE DOUD EISENHOWER TOGETHER AT GETTYSBURG FARM

Several pieces of this Extraordinary Set of 120 Official State Dinner pieces have made their way into the Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, also known as The American Heritage Collection.  In order to see other examples of Presidential  pieces, of Official White House China, simply go to Mr. Amyx's website of www.AmericanHeritage1.com.

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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO FDR'S HOLY BIBLE FROM WORLD WAR II?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, Feb 06, 2011 @ 02:14 PM

Whatever happened to FDR's Holy Bible from World War II?  Well, this is a Relic of the Highest Magnitude in that it was a personal possession of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Not only that, FDR had taken the time to include his Personal Bookplate attached to inside cover.

fdr's holy bibleTHE HOLY BIBLE OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - MONOGRAMMED IN GOLD WITH FDR'S NAME AS WELL AS THE DATE OF JULY 25, 1942 - AT RIGHT IS THE FDR'S PERSONAL BOOKPLATE.

Shown above is President Roosevelt's Holy Bible with FDR'S own name, " Franklin D. Roosevelt", Monogrammed in Gold with an Imposing World War II Date of 1942.

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELTFDR SHORTLY BEFORE HIS PASSING AWAY IN WARM SPRINGS, GEORGIA ON APRIL 12, 1945

Shortly after the President suddenly passed away on April 12, 1945, while in Warm Springs, Georgia, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, directed that a few favored few White House Staff Members be Summoned. This Pesonal Invitation included longtime employee, Lillian Rogers Parks. She walked into the Executive Mansion bedroom.  Some of FDR's personal effects have been carefully laid out on the bed by the First Lady.  Mrs. Roosevelt said," take what you want now; because the rest is going to Hyde Park and you will never ever have another chance".

 lillian rogers parks and fdr's bibleTRUSTED WHITE HOUSE EMPLOYEE, LILLIAN ROGERS PARKS WITH FDR's 1942 HOLY BIBLE

Among other things, Lillian Rogers Parks, a favored Maid and Seamstress of 12 FDR White House years, was given FDR's Holy Bible.  On April 12, 1983, (42 years later to the day), Mrs. Parks (pictured below holding FDR's holy Bible) presented it to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection AKA The American Heritage Collection--accompanied with detailed written Provenance of the Highest Order. Lillian Rogers Parks and Mr. Amyx were close friends over a period of many years.  Mrs. Parks had served at The White House for a total 30 years......through the entire Administrations of Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

fdr in moment of reflectionFDR, AT HIS HOME AT HYDE PARK,  IN A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

Prior to that, Lillian Rogers Parks' Mother, Maggie Rogers, had served at the White House during the Administrations of President Taft, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt.  When Lillian Rogers Parks passed away at the age of 101, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx was asked to be a Pallbearer at her Funeral. It was the final parting of two dear friends....Parks and Amyx.

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MISSY LEHAND AND FDR - EXACTLY WHAT WAS THE RELATIONSHIP?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Dec 24, 2010 @ 03:26 PM

MISSY LEHAND, FDR'S PRIVATE SECRETARY, BEGINNING ABOUT 1920, WAS FOR YEARS,  PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S CLOSEST CONFIDANT. BUT SHE WAS FAR MORE THAN PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S SECRETARY. SHE WAS FDR'S BOON COMPANION, AND YES, A SORT OF SISTER/MOTHER SUBSTITUTE. OFTEN MISSY WOULD EAT ALONE WITH THE PRESIDENT RIGHT IN THE OVAL OFFICE OR HIS OTHER WHITE HOUSE OFFICE. THEY SEEMED SO SEAMLESS.

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                FDR ABOUT TO BEGIN A FIRESIDE CHAT

 
AND MISSY LEHAND WOULD PROVIDE THE, WITHOUT HESITATION, EGO BOOSTING THAT MOST PEOPLE FIND FULFILLING. AND MISSY OFFERED BLANKET APPROVAL OF FDR. HE SOMETIMES NEEDED JUST THAT. THE FIRST LADY, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT OFTEN DID NOT PROVIDE THAT. BESIDES THAT,  THE FIRST LADY WAS OFTEN IN TRAVEL HERSELF AND LEFT THE PRESIDENT ALONE.  THE FIRST LADY WAS ON HER ON VENTURE INTO HISTORY. SHE WAS TO BECOME, PERHAPS, THE GREATEST AMERICAN  WOMAN OF THE ENTIRE 20TH CENTURY. AT THE TIME,  FEW PEOPLE THOUGHT SUCH A THING WAS GOING TO BE. BUT GREATNESS HAPPENED. 

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                  F.D.R. AND MISSY LEHAND AT WORK-OVAL OFFICE

 

BUT BACK TO MISSY AND FDR. IF THE PRESIDENT TRAVELED TO HYDE PARK MISSY WAS ALONG. AND ALWAYS SHE WAS IN TRAVEL WHENEVER HE HEADED TO THE LITTLE WHITE HOUSE, AS HE CALLED IT, IN WARM SPRINGS, GEORGIA. THESE TRAVELS WERE OFTEN AND ALWAYS VIA THE TRAIN,  DEPARTING FROM UNION STATION IN WAHINGTON, D.C.  IN FACT, MISSY LEHAND BUILT HER ENITRE LIFE AROUND THE PRESIDENT. AND ALTHOUGH A HANDSOME WOMAN IN HER OWN RIGHT SHE NEVER MARRIED. HAVING SAID THIS, THERE WERE FEW ON THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF THAT EVER SUSPECTED AN AFFAIR WAS GOING ON AT ANY TIME. BUT LOVE? YES, F.D.R. AND MISSY DID LOVE EACH OTHER.  NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. IS THERE?

 

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