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America's 5th President - James Monroe

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

President James Monroe was the 5th President and the last of the founding fathers and so-called Virginia Dynasty. These men shaped the undisputed foundation of every law in the United States. Along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams, James Monroe worked tirelessly to affirm the very rights we take for granted but are unavailable to citizens of most any other nation.

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PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE (1758–1831)

James Monroe was built for public service. He tried his hand at farming; although this served his father well, he was unable to find satisfaction in the way he had with leadership in early government. First, Monroe was a major in the Continental Army where he sustained a nearly-fatal shoulder injury during the Battle of Trenton. After being appointed colonel in the Virginia service, Monroe won a congressional election, then was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Under President Washington and President Jefferson, James Monroe was named US Minister to France and later served as U.S. minister to Britain and special envoy to Spain. Later, Monroe served multiple terms as governor of Virginia. Under President James Madison, Monroe served as Secretary of State and then Secretary of War. Monroe served two terms as president from 1817 to 1825. He honored the customary two-term limit recommended by George Washington and observed by James Madison.

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JAMES MONROE - LEADER IN CREATING THE MONROE DOCTRINE

Many may not realize that it was President James Monroe’s position statement that later became known as the Monroe Doctrine. On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe asserted leadership and threat of action toward any foreign government that may seek to colonize free and independent bodies in the Americas would be considered a hostile act toward the United States. This pillar of America is still very relevant in American foreign policy circles today.

The popular President James Madison did not seek re-election after the completion of his second term; his endorsement of James Monroe for president was quite significant. Monroe won the election of 1816 with ease and was completely uncontested for reelection in 1820. Although his presidency began with an “Era of Good Feelings” tour, the condition of the nation did not remain pleasant for long. The Panic of 1819 left the young nation devastated with widespread unemployment. The issue of slavery was hotly debated as Massachusetts, Maine, and Missouri were added to the union. Missouri was added into the union as a free state, which symbolized a denouncement of slavery, as it was barred to the north and west of the state from that point forward.

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JAMES MONROE WHITE HOUSE CHINA - DESSERT PLATE CIRCA 1820 - THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

After leaving office, President James Monroe and the First Lady Elizabeth Monroe retired to their home in Virginia. After his wife’s death, Monroe was absolutely devastated. After that, the former president lived with his daughter Eliza until he died on July 4, 1831. James Monroe was one of several presidents who passed away on the fourth of July.

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HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a world-renowned collector who has spent his life in the company of world leaders and individuals. Mr. Amyx has had the pleasure of acquiring a vast collection of museum-quality historical memorabilia. His most prized possessions are found in his White House China Collection, including the White House china of President James Monroe. Mr. Amyx has the largest privately-owned collection anywhere in the world. To discuss American historical memorabilia with Mr. Amyx, please contact him through the button below.

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A Man of Few Words - President Calvin Coolidge

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Our 30th President, John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was born on the 4th of July in 1872. Coolidge had a very successful career in law and politics, especially during his Presidency. Throughout his life he was criticized for his quiet manner. However, in retrospect, it could be said that his reserved demeanor actually fueled his success.

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CALVIN COOLIDGE SHOWING OFF HIS NEW AUTOMOBILE

Calvin Coolidge experienced hardship early in his life. His mother died when he was only twelve. His father and grandmother made every effort to support him, but even Coolidge himself acknowledged that he never fully recovered from this loss. For his entire life he carried with him a locket containing his mother’s portrait. Then, five years after his mother passed away, Coolidge lost his fifteen-year-old younger sister Abigail. It is certain that these tragic circumstances impacted the young man’s perspective on life. Later, in 1924 he would suffer another loss when an infection, caused from a blister playing tennis at the White House, would sadly take the life of his teenage son, Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

Another powerful force in the character of Calvin Coolidge occurred during his college years. Upon his graduation with honors from Amherst College in 1891, Coolidge held great admiration for his professors. Years later he would mention the impact their teachings had on his own character. He had become grounded on his faith in the common man – that hard work and giving had great value. He believed in dedicating one’s self to public service for the benefit of the greater good, a sharp contrast to the common goal of self-promotion.

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THE COMPLETE COOLIDGE FAMILY: JOHN, GRACE, CALVIN, AND CALVIN COOLIDGE JR.

In pursuit of his goal to practice law, Coolidge secured an apprenticeship with a prominent Massachusetts law firm as an alternative to bearing the cost of law school. In 1897, Coolidge was admitted to the bar and in 1898 he opened his own law office in Northampton, Mass. Once he began to achieve personal success, he still felt as if he was missing a companion to share it with. In 1905, Coolidge met Grace Goodhue, a teacher at a local school for the deaf. They married that same year in her parents’ home in Vermont. Together they had two sons, John and Calvin Jr.

Coolidge began his career of public service while practicing law. He was first elected as Northampton City Councilman in 1899, then General Court Representative, Mayor of Northampton, State Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and then Governor of Massachusetts. In 1921 he was elected Vice President of the United States where he served until the sudden death of President Harding in August of 1923. After completing Harding’s term, Coolidge was elected President in 1924. He declined the opportunity to run for reelection stating that if reelected, he would exceed 10 years as President, which he felt was too long. Coolidge retired to his home in Northampton. There the former President  wrote his memoirs and political commentary.  Sadly Calvin Coolidge died from a heart attack at age of only 60 in 1933.

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BEAUTIFUL CELLULOID POWDER BOX STRAIGHT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE GUEST ROOM - A GIFT FROM THE PRESIDENT TO LILLIAN ROGERS PARK - A FAVORED MAID

The enduring legacy of Calvin Coolidge was his steadfast character. During all of his campaigns, he did not criticize, or even speak the names his opponents. He remained focused on the issues at hand and talked about his views concerning government and business. Each election brought him broader support and greater margins of victory. He earned the trust and support of both business owners and the working class. His name has never been associated with any scandal or wrongdoing. Calvin Coolidge is best known for listening to the people and doing what they wanted.

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HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has spent the past 30 years acquiring museum-quality historical artifacts. He is proud to own personal effects of many past presidents including Calvin Coolidge. You now have the rare opportunity to view many of these important pieces. Many (400) of the museum-quality historical artifacts acquired by the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold 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 free to inquire using the form below.

 

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President Warren G. Harding -- First to be broadcast on the radio

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

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THE HANDSOME SPORTING MAN - WARREN G. HARDING

The 29th American President, Warren G. Harding (1865–1923), was a Republican from Ohio. Advancing through the ranks of Ohio Senate and then the US Senate, he gained favor in the post-World War era by proposing a "return to normalcy” during his presidential campaign.

The 1920 results of the unprecedented landslide presidential election - a Pittsburgh radio station announced the victory of Warren G. Harding. Harding who won by a margin of 60% of the popular vote. This was the first time that the results of a presidential election were broadcast live.

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WARREN G. HARDING AND "LADDIE BOY" -  ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN

Presidency

The presidency of Warren G. Harding lacked the type of impact we have come to expect. His role is viewed by most historians as the transition between the idealism of Woodrow Wilson and the prosperity achieved by Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. It has been said that Harding’s impressive presence and amiable nature helped him capture the presidency despite the fact that his campaign promises of a “return to normalcy” lacked clarity and any real conviction.

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WARREN G. HARDING ATTENDING A BASEBALL GAME TO THROW THE FIRST PITCH

Although the memory of Harding’s presidency was tarnished by the major corrupt actions of his friends, Harding was involved in some important advances in communication. For example, in 1922, Harding was the first president to have a radio installed in the White House.

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A PHONOGRAPH WAS USED BY PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING TO RECORD HIS SPEECHES

Harding had a keen interest in technology. In fact, on June 14, 1922, the speech that Harding delivered in Washington, DC at the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial was broadcast over the radio. This was the very first time the voice of an American President was broadcast to the public via the radio. This broadcast, which recognized Ffrancis Scott Key as the composer of the "Star Spangled Banner”, was heard by 125,000 Americans. The following year, President Harding began recording a number of his speeches on an early model phonograph that used wax discs for recording and play.

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WARREN G. HARDING - A POOR GOLFER - BUT THE PRESIDENT LOVED TO TRY

 

Presidential Communication Milestones

The introduction of radio broadcast was a major development that forever changed the way American presidents communicated with the world. Here are a few milestones to put this development in perspective.

George Washington disseminated information on primitive newspapers that were delivered on horseback in the late 1700’s. Abraham Lincoln had the luxury of transmitting information via the telegraph, or upon delivery by train in the mid 1800’s. Rutherford B. Hayes was in office when the telephone was introduced in 1877. William Taft used the phonograph to distribute recordings of his speeches in the early 1900’s. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to deliver a radio address in 1925. Franklin Roosevelt maximized the potential of radio throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s with his Fireside Chats. John F. Kennedy had a calm demeanor and striking good looks which attributed to his success in the televised debates leading up to the 1960 presidential election. Bill Clinton established the first White House website in 1994.

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HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

World-renown collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has spent well overthe last quarter century enjoying his passion for historical memorabilia. He is often called upon by government agencies, world-class appraisers, and auction houses to evaluate important artifacts.

Mr. Amyx has developed a lasting relationship with former White House servants and their families. As a result, he has had the opportunity to acquire many personal items that belonged to American presidents and first ladies. Among these museum-quality artifacts are a number of personal items that belonged to President Warren G. Harding. These rare artifacts can be viewed at AMERICANHERITAGE1.COM.

warren harding black leather toilet kit 1WARREN G. HARDING’S MASCULINE BLACK LEATHER GOLD EMBOSSED TOILETRIES KIT - THIS RARE ITEM FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION WILL BE OFFERED AT THE AUCTION LISTED BELOW ON SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2014

Also, many of the museum-quality, historical artifacts from the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. Contact them to register for the auction and to obtain a catalog. You can find the official auction web page at http://www.rrauction.com/Raleigh-DeGeer-Amyx-Collection-September-2014.htm.

If you have interest in any particular items in the collection, please feel free to inquire using the form below or contact the auction house directly using the link above.

 

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Scandals of Ulysses S. Grant - GENERAL & PRESIDENT

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 08:45 AM

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18TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - ULYSSES S. GRANT - LACKED THE SKILL NECESSARY TO OPERATE AT AN ELITE LEVEL IN THE LANDSCAPE OF POLITICS

Ulysses S. Grant had a very successful military career before he was elected as the 18th President of the United States. Unfortunately, his military leadership experience did not prepare him for the challenges he would face in politics. Although Grant’s honesty and integrity was never doubted, several of the people he chose proved to be dishonest and corrupt.

Black Friday

September 24, 1869 – which became known as Black Friday – was the first devastating scandal that tarnished the name of President Grant. The foiled plot was intended to manipulate the price of gold for profit. Conspirators, Fisk and Gould, enlisted the help of Grant’s brother-in-law Abel Corbin to gain access to the President and convince him to halt the sale of Treasury gold.

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U.S. GRANT's OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - OWNED & USED BY HIM - THIS PRESIDENTIAL CHINA IS A PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

After consulting a trusted businessman, President Grant realized that restricting the sale of Treasury gold was harming public confidence. Without realizing the domino effect it would have, he ordered the immediate sale of government gold valued at $4 million, causing the U.S. gold market to crash. Conspirators Fisk and Gould were never held accountable for the resulting financial ruin of many and the long-lasting effect on the United States economy.

New York Custom House Ring

Another unfortunate development that happened during Grant’s presidency involved the port at New York harbor. The U.S. Treasury Secretary was informed that the New York Custom House was bringing more revenue than any other U.S. port.

A congressional investigation of the situation revealed that two corrupt collectors, both appointed by President Grant, had been storing unclaimed goods in private warehouses for exorbitant fees. It was discovered that three additional associates of Grant’s were profiting from this scheme.

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ACCOMPLISHED WAR HERO - GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT

Although reforms were implemented to correct the import abuses, many in government were still skeptical. In 1872, one U.S. senator alleged in a speech that the corruption in the customs house continued. A second congressional investigation was unable to confirm this allegation.

Whiskey Ring

Perhaps the most shocking scandal involved President Grant’s private secretary. The allegations claimed that Midwestern distilleries had been cheating the federal government out of millions in liquor tax with the assistance of federal agents.

The distillers bribed federal agents to deter them from collecting the $.70/gallon of tax which equaled approximately $2 million per year. This scheme had been going on since the Lincoln administration and was therefore widespread. Of the 350 federal indictments issued, 110 resulted in conviction and $3 million of tax revenue was recovered.

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PRESIDENT GRANT FINISHED HIS BEST SELLING MEMOIRS SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH FROM THROAT CANCER

During the investigation, it was alleged that President Grant’s personal secretary was directly involved in the whiskey ring. Grant took the unusual action of providing a deposition in his defense, which secured his acquittal but further damaged Grant’s reputation.

Historical Perspective 

After the astounding accomplishment of President Grant’s military career it was tragic to see multiple scandals tarnish his image. Few men have held such a significant role in the evolution of our young nation. His experiences were recorded and published by Mark Twain during the final months of his life. U.S. Grant's well written Memoirs became a major best seller and even today are considered to be an excellent read.

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - NATIONALLY KNOWN  COLLECTOR OF AMERICAN HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA

Artifacts

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been an avid collector of American artifacts for more than 30 years. He is proud to include personal items owned by President Ulysses S. Grant in his collection of museum-quality items.

Among these historically significant items are a handsome mahogany pocket cigar case with a brass shield monogrammed "USG 1862," a lock of President Grant’s hair encased in a brass oval frame, one of his straight razors, and an epaulet from Grant’s major general uniform. These items are to be sold by RRAUCTION.COM on September 17th & 18th, 2014, live in Boston, Mass.

And other select pieces in this collection may soon be available for sale. If you have a serious interest, please fill out the contact form below. Mr. Amyx would appreciate the opportunity to engage in a confidential discussion with you about a topic or item of interest.

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Was Edith Wilson Woodrow Wilson's First Lady....or Vice President?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Edith Wilson (1872–1961) is often referred to as the first female president because of the important role she filled as First Lady of the United States from 1915-1921. The circumstances she faced had never before occurred during an American presidency. In October of 1919, President Wilson suffered a severe stroke and was incapacitated. To preserve his strength Mrs. Wilson screened all matters of state and only presented what she deemed critical issues to President Wilson from his bedside. This critical role kept the country afloat for the remaining two years of his term.

edith wilsonFIRST LADY EDITH GALT WILSON - PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR AND CAREGIVER

Mrs. Wilson was very proud of her southern heritage. She had grown up in Wytheville, Virginia and was the seventh of William Bolling’s eleven children. Mr. Bolling had welcomed many extended family members into his home – two grandmothers, several aunts, and cousins. Why? Because some of the women had unfortunately  lost their husbands at war.

People often say that everything happens for a reason. While not every first lady could take the reins when her husband fell ill, Mrs. Wilson was very capable because she had been prepared for this moment during her upbringing. Her paternal grandmother was paralyzed and confined to a bed. Young Edith Galt had been tasked with her care and in return, her grandmother guided her character development and gave her an eclectic education which was largely supplemented by her father. Later in life, Edith Galt Wilson also cared for her ailing mother.

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PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON AND EDITH GALT WILSON ON THEIR DECEMBER 18TH, 1915 WEDDING DAY

Before Mrs. Wilson married Woodrow Wilson, she had been married for 12 years to Norman Galt, a well-known and successful jeweler in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in 1908. Edith Galt was introduced to President Wilson while he was in office, shortly after his first wife, Ellen Wilson, passed away. Although they got along well from the beginning, they waited until the anniversary of Ellen Wilson’s death had passed before they married, respecting the traditional year of mourning. On December 18, 1915, they became husband and wife.

From the beginning Mrs. Wilson was a very active first lady. She dedicated her life to supporting President Wilson’s efforts. This role became much more significant when President Wilson suffered a severe stroke that left him paralyzed on one side. From that point forward, Mrs. Wilson managed every aspect of his life. She decided all matters of public affairs and only concerned President Wilson with very important decisions.  In fact, instead of asking for the assistance of Vice President Marshall, or any other major cabinet member, the First Lady distributed non-critical matters to department heads herself.

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FIRST LADY EDITH WILSON ASSISTED PRESIDENT WILSON IN ALL HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES

Mrs. Wilson continued to care for President Wilson in their Washington D.C. home, no more than one mile from the White House, after he left office and until his death in 1924. Edith Wilson continued to be active in the Washington political and social arena until she succumbed to heart failure in 1961 at age 89, on the same day that would have been President Wilson’s 105th birthday.

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ELEGANT EMBROIDERED SILK PIECE OWNED BY FIRST LADY EDITH WILSON

Many Americans enjoy collecting artifacts that commemorate the accomplishments and private lives of historical figures such as First Lady Edith Wilson. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has spent a quarter of a century collecting museum-quality historical artifacts. Many of his treasures include items owned by American presidents and first ladies.

woodrow wilson typewriter brush 1THE STERLING SILVER TYPEWRITER BRUSH OWNED BY PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

Mr. Amyx is proud to own a handmade linen bag that had been given as a gift to Maggie Rogers, the First Maid who served the Wilson's in The White House. Made from silk, the item features an eagle grasping an American flag. Because women were advocating for the right to vote at the time, there was some concern that that this gift may interpreted as a pro-suffrage gesture. Mr. Amyx acquired the piece directly from Lillian Rogers Parks, perhaps the most famous maid in the history of the White House ( from 1929-1960), and who was the daughter of Maggie Rogers. The President's personal typewriter brush, which he often used in the White House, was also acquired directy from Lillian Rogers Parks.

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If you would like to open a confidential discussion about buying, selling, or trading museum-quality historical artifacts, please contact Mr. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

 

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Honorable Humanitarian - President Herbert Hoover

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 07:13 AM

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) was born to Quaker parents in West Branch, Iowa. His early life would seem unfortunate to most. At age two, he nearly died from a severe illness. At age six, his father died and then when he was nine his mother died as well. The rest of his young life was spent with his uncle in Oregon. While the reason for this arrangement was tragic, it enabled young Hoover to acquire a very good education and learn marketable skills working with his uncle.

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THE 31ST U.S. PRESIDENT HERBERT CLARK HOOVER

While studying at the newly established Stanford University, Hoover met his bride-to-be, Lou Henry who was the only female student in the geology department. After graduation, they married and he began a successful career in the mining industry which carried them off to Australia, China and many other places. It was during this phase that Hoover authored a brilliant engineering textbook, Principles of Mining, which became the industry standard for many years and from which he profited greatly. In fact, the total of all of his assets was reported to have reached $4 million dollars.

Unfortunately, the extraordinary humanitarian efforts made by Hoover during his early years as a member of the Supreme Economic Council, as head of the American Relief Administration, head of the U.S. Food Administration, and as U.S. Secretary of Commerce were all but forgotten when the stock market crash of 1929 acted as a catalyst causing the Great Depression. It had only been eight months since a very hopeful President Hoover had addressed the nation at his inaugural address.

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PRESIDENT HOOVER ADDRESSES THE NATION

Hoover held on to his belief of limiting the role of government in the interest of self-sufficiency, a trait he saw as a core characteristic of the American public. Unfortunately, under these extreme circumstances, none of the alternative solutions he put in place were very effective.

In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran against Hoover, selling himself with a “New Deal,” a strategic course of action that promised to right the ship. American voters were ready to buy. They elected Roosevelt leaving the ousted President Hoover to retreat in disgrace. For the remainder of his 90 years, Hoover wrote and spoke out in vehement opposition to FDR and his policies and then in protest to American involvement in foreign wars.

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PRESIDENT HOOVER WITH HIS COMPANION, KING TUT

Among some of the admirable accomplishments Hoover made are:

  • Devised a strategy to prosecute mobster Al Capone for tax evasion
  • Reserved 3,000,000 acres of land for national parks
  • Allocated funds to double the number of veteran healthcare facilities
  • Provided school meals for children in occupied territories
  • Chaired commissions that greatly reduced waste in government
  • Began construction of the Hoover Dam
  • Authored 16 books including a biography of Woodrow Wilson

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 ELEGANT FIRST FAMILY RELIC - HERBERT HOOVER’S GOLDEN HAND - NOW IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Together Lou and Herbert Hoover raised two sons, Herbert Charles Hoover (1903–1969), Allan Henry Hoover (1907–1993) who were already in their 20’s when Hoover became President. Herbert Charles Hoover achieved success in engineering and business before serving as U.S. Under-Secretary of State for the Eisenhower Administration. Allan Henry Hoover initially followed his father’s lead by exploring opportunities in mining. For the last 50 years of his life, he provided leadership at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Of particular interest, is the fact that President Harry S. Truman knew in his heart that Herbert Hoover was a gifted man. At President Truman's behest, Herbert Hoover returned to Washington, DC and assisted the President in offering suggestions that would improve the operation of the United States Federal Government. He did this for no pay.

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PRESIDENT HOOVER AND HIS FAMILY IN 1933

World-renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has had the good fortune to acquire several museum-quality relics that were owned by the late President Herbert Hoover. Among them is a golden hand which was a gift from the President to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover inscribed with each of their initials and the year 1929. In addition, Mr. Amyx’s collection contains a President Hoover’s cigar humidor, a gold tone pen and pencil, a breathtaking original work of art from the Hoover Living Quarters in the White House, and a stunning porcelain vase.

Herbert Hoover vase ELEGANT VASE OWNED & USED BY PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - NOW IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Serious collectors who would like to discuss these or other museum quality historically significant items are invited to contact Mr. Amyx for a confidential discussion.

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- Sharp contrasts between the 2012 and 1960 Presidential debates -

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 @ 01:14 PM

2012 presidential debateFORMER GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY "SPARS" WITH
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN 2012 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

The 2012 Presidential Debates have drawn significant national attention in this election season. If we can set aside the rancor and “in-your-face” contentious behavior from both candidates, there is a more fundamental difference between the Presidential debates in 2012 then the very first ever televised debates between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960.

First Televised Presidential Debate 02 634x357IN 1960, THEN VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON FACES
MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY IN FIRST TELEVISED DEBATE

Today’s 24-hour news cycle and the advent of social media have propelled the national dialogue between presidential candidates to new heights. In addition to the obvious “one-upmanship” that both politicians tried to demonstrate during the 2012 debates, there was the media, the bloggers, and the social media world, that were waiting for either Romney or Obama to commit a major slip-up, a faux-pas, that could then be publicized to the rest of the world, all in real-time. No longer would the “oops!” moment have to wait to become headlines in the major newspapers across the country the next day. We found out about these erroneous or stretched truths almost immediately after the candidate misspoke.

An icon of his era: President John F. KennedyAN ICON OF HIS ERA: PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

In sharp contrast, in 1960’s first televised presidential debate between then Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts's Senator,  John F. Kennedy, the debates relied on more traditional media channels, such as newspapers and radio, to reach the majority of Americans who were unable to tune in and watch the debates on their black and white television. For those fortunate citizens who could watch the debates on television, the exchange between the candidates was more civil (at least by today’s standards) and more formal in behavior and the presentation of ideas. Each understood the perceived power and influence that this new medium called television could have on the national election. That’s not to say neither Nixon nor Kennedy suppressed their strong opinions about each other, but they certainly didn’t allow themselves to get caught up in intense arguments. Also, each knew the other since January 20, 1947, as they were sworn in as Congressman that cold winter day.

 

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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON IN HIS STATELY OFFICE

Back in 1960, people had to rely solely on newspapers, magazines, and radio to get their news. And because television was still in its infancy, although considered to be revolutionary at the time, it would be years after that, that watching regular news programming would became a part of our daily lives.

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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S PRESCRIPTION READING GLASSES, A RARE GEM IN PRISTINE CONDITION, CAN BE VIEWED IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION. IT WAS WORN BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY, ALTHOUGH HE RARELY LET HIMSELF BE PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING THEM. THS FACTOID MAKES THIS UNIQUE FIND ALL THE MORE RARE AND VALUABLE.

In essence, the significant advances in technology continue to give rise to faster, more innovative communication methods, allowing important moments in our history, such as national presidential debates, to become more than just a headline in tomorrow’s newspaper. Our thirst for immediate knowledge, using social media for example, will allow for citizen journalists to stimulate conversations and discussions, as well as create controversy. Imagine how the presidential debate of 1960 would have been conducted had it had the advanced communications vehicles that we have today?


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RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION- LENOX WHITE HOUSE CHINA-BILL CLINTON

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 09:25 AM

It pleases us to feature the Dignified Official White House State Dinner Service of William Jefferson Clinton.

Bill Clinton (1993 to 2001) – This New Official White House China, By Lenox, of Trenton, New Jersey, was Commissioned for the 200th Anniversary of The White House. However, it did not arrive until after the Presidential Election of November  2000. This was a convenient arrival date, for the Clinton's, in that most Press Attention was focused in the direction of the new President-Elect - George W. Bush. Thus less attention was paid to the arrival of this Elegant 300 total piece Presidential Set, as approved of and ordered by President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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 For reasons unknown, the Press often focuses concentrated attention on any White House China ordered by an Incumbent President. And, in the past, the comments by the Press have often been negative. This is always difficult to comprehend in that so many modern President's and First Ladies receive Private Funds for the expensive Official White House Services presented by them for permanent inclusion into The White House China Collection. In other words, some of the World's most beautiful Presidential Porcelain arrives at The White House at zero expense to the American taxpayers.

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The Clintons took a totally different approach in that they eschewed the nearly always previously ordered Official Presidential Seal and instead depicted the imposing 12" Service Plate with a Gold rendition of the Executive Mansion itself.  And the Service Plate was the only one of the set with an Enormous Gilded Gold Band.

bill clinton white house chia,raleigh degeer amyx,THE ELEGANT 12" SERVICE PLATE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WHITE HOUSE FEATURES A GOLD RENDITION OF THE EXECUTIVE MANSION

The other pieces of this 12 Piece Place Setting (total of 300 pieces), of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Service, all featured architectural designs from the State Dining room, The East Room and Diplomatic Reception Room - within the Gold Band.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS ARE FEATURED ON ALL REMAINING PIECES OF THE WHITE HOUSE CHINA AS ORDERED BY PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON AND FIRST LADY HILLARY CLINTON

In this particular presentation, All photos pertaining to Official White House China of the Clinton Administration are courtesy of The White House and in particular The White House Curator - William Allman.

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 HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - OF LENOX WHITE HOUSE CHINA - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010

 

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JOHN F. KENNEDY - PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING-GIFT FROM JACQUELINE KENNEDY

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 02:20 PM

The Gold Presidential Ring of John F. Kennedy's has recently been located.  The Presidents Ring is beautifully displayed in The American Heritage Collection (AKA) The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

 

john f. kennedy and jacqueline kennedy and raleigh degeer amyxTHE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS FIRST LADY ENJOY A MOMENT OF LEISURE

This dramatic Presidential Seal Ring, is 18 Karat Gold and was accomplished totally by hand by an unknown, as of this writing, highly skilled goldsmith. The artistic Presidential Seal 18k ring total hand-work is rather breathtaking. 

john f. kennedy ringTOTALLY HAND-CRAFTED 18K GOLD RING OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - AS VIEWED FROM THE TOP OF THE PERSONALIZED PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING

According to the artistic and detailed hand-engraving on the interior of the President's 18K Ring, as well as the, even much more manifest evidence is the impeccable and detailed Provenance; on White House Stationery. This important letter, was authored by someone who saw President John F. Kennedy each day over a period of many years. The letter of Provenance outlines the details of this 1963 historic gift to The President from The First Lady.

raleigh degeer amyx collectionINTERIOR HAND ENGRAVING DENOTING THE FIRST LADY'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY IN 1963

The important White House source of information was not certain of the exact date that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented her husband with this important Presidential Seal Ring.  However, it was believed that the First Ladies gift was received by JFK sometime toward the end of 1963 – but perhaps as early as The President's May 29th Birthday.

the raleigh degeer amyx collectionJOHN F. KENNEDYS PRESIDENTIAL SEAL - 18 KARAT HAND-CRAFTED RING HAS LONG BEEN IN THE COLLECTION OF - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010

The Gold Presidential Ring of John F. Kennedy's was recently located.  The Presidents Ring is beautifully displayed in The American Heritage Collection (AKA) The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. In the near future the President's Ring may possibly be made available to another advanced collector of note.

 

john f. kennedy and jacqueline kennedy and raleigh degeer amyxTHE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS FIRST LADY ENJOY A MOMENT OF LEISURE

 

This dramatic Presidential Seal Ring, is 18 Karat Gold and was accomplished totally by hand by an unknown, as of this writing, highly skilled goldsmith. The artistic Presidential Seal 18k Ring total hand-work is rather breathtaking. 

 

john f. kennedy ringTOTALLY HAND-CRAFTED 18K GOLD RING OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - AS VIEWED FROM THE TOP OF THE PERSONALIZED PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING

 

According to the artistic and detailed hand-engraving on the interior of the President's 18K Ring, as well as the, even much more manifest evidence is the impeccable and detailed Provenance - on White House Stationery. This Important Letter, was authored by someone who saw President John F. Kennedy each day, over a period of many years. The Letter of Provenance outlines the details of this 1963 Historic Gift to The President from The First Lady.

 

raleigh degeer amyx collectionINTERIOR HAND ENGRAVING DENOTING THE FIRST LADY'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY IN 1963

 

The important White House source of information was not certain of the exact date that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented her husband with this important Presidential Seal Ring.  However, it was believed that the First Ladies gift was received by JFK sometime toward the end of 1963 – but perhaps as early as The President's May 29th Birthday.

 

the raleigh degeer amyx collectionJOHN F. KENNEDYS PRESIDENTIAL SEAL - 18 KARAT HAND-CRAFTED RING HAS LONG BEEN IN THE COLLECTION OF - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010

 

 

 

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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.

sgt. moaney|ike and moaney|eisenhower steak|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|PRESIDENT EISENHOWER GRILLS STEAKS WITH HIS VALET, SGT. JOHN MOANEY - THE GENERAL AND MOANEY WERE WITH EACH OTHER DAILY FROM 1942 TO 1969

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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