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Top 9 rarest White House China pieces

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Presidential dinnerware since the time of George Washington reflects the taste and culture of its day. Shapes, sizes, and decoration of the pieces vary considerably – dramatically in some cases – and every casual viewer and collector has their aesthetic favorites. But when it comes to identifying the rarest White House China, beauty has no bearing. Rarity is strictly a matter of numbers. The fewer pieces still in existence, the rarer they are.

Several Official White House China patterns were so popular with later Presidents, they were reordered instead of being replaced with a new design. The Abraham Lincoln Official White House China is a prominent example. Because so many pieces with this pattern were produced, there are more available to be collected, even today. Comparatively speaking, they are not rare, but Lincoln is Lincoln, thus in high demand.

We asked world renowned White House China collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx which Presidential China collections are most rare. Here's how he ranked them:

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LOVELY 1870 STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE ULYSSES S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - HAVILAND AND COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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#9. Ulysses Grant

This 1879 Official White House China order consisted of more pieces – 587 – but no 1879 pieces were ever re-ordered, that bear a distinctive verso marking. There is a special marking on the 1879 order that does not appear on any of the following china order pieces, by any other subsequent Presidents.

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UNIQUE HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - DESIGNED BY THEODORE RUSSELL DAVIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#8. Rutherford Hayes

President Hayes’ original 562-piece White House China service is marked “1879” on the back. However, Haviland & Co. lost so much money producing this stunning china that they reissued it repeatedly for public sale, minus the 1879 date. Even a subsequent Presidential order to replenish White House supplies arrived without the 1879 mark. For this reason, pieces remaining from the original, dated order are deemed to be about five times as valuable as matching, undated 1879 pieces.

james k polk official white house china service dinner plate

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

#7. James K. Polk

The 1846 James K. Polk White House China was never re-ordered and bears no specfic markings that help identify it as Official White House China.

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TIMELESS STATE FISH PLATE FROM THE 1903 THEODORE ROOSEVELT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY WEDGWOOD - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#6. Theodore Roosevelt

There were just 120 pieces in Theodore Roosevelt’s original White House China order, and this pattern was never re-ordered. Not only are there no verso markings to indicate the pieces were Official White House China, the seal on the front rim is the seal of the United States, not the Presidential seal. This makes it even more likely subsequent owners would not have realized what they had. Mr. Amyx says, “pieces rarely appear on the market, perhaps every 5 or 10 years.” One 9” fish plate from the Theodore Roosevelt Official White House China collection is part of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

john quincy adams white house china service dinner plate

EXTRAORDINALRILY RARE SERVING PIECE FROM THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#5. John Quincy Adams

None of the John Quincy Adams White House China was ever re-ordered. Most of the original order was lost or broken. During the 1800s, most Presidential china orders were not marked as such, so they were often inherited by individuals who had no idea of their true provenance or value.

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ELEGANT PLATE FROM THE 1853 FRANKLIN PIERCE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#4. Franklin Pierce

There were only 287 pieces in Franklin Pierce’s 1853 White House China order, and they had no helpful verso markings. The pattern was never re-ordered. Mr. Amyx owns one pristine piece from of Pierce White House China, and says “he has seen only one other piece offered for sale in the last 30 years.”

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EXTREMELY RARE LOZENGES SERVICE DISHES FROM THE 1806 JAMES MADISON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY NAST'S FACTORY PARIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#3. James Madison

Prior to becoming President, James and Dolley Madison ordered a set of china that consisted of about 300 pieces. Following the War of 1812, the Madisons brought to The White House the china that they had used as Secretary of State. They used this service for dinners with foreign dignitaries, so it became Official White House China. Today, only 30 pieces remain, thanks to the fact that the British burned down the executive mansion and much of its contents during the Madison administration. Thirty pieces are accounted for – among them, 8 are in the White House collection, 4 are housed at the historic Madison home in Montpelier, and 5 Madison pieces are in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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

#2. James Monroe

Similar to the John Quincy Adams White House China, no President after James Monroe ordered this same pattern, so only the pieces in Monroe’s original order ever existed. James Monroe White House China is sought after in a major way.

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BEAUTIFUL CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE 1786 GEORGE WASHINGTON PRESIDENTIAL CHINA - CONSIDERED THE "HOLY GRAIL" OF WHITE HOUSE CHINA - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#1. George Washington

Very few pieces of our first President’s china still exist today. The dinnerware Washington used for official state occasions while President was his own personal china, used by him both before and after his Presidential service. Although there was no White House during the Washington Administration, this extraordinarily rare  porcelain is still considered to be Official White House China. After the passing of both George and Martha Washington, the remaining china was moved several times – and not always gently. Not much survived. Specifically, a pristine George Washington White House China dinner plate has a value exceeding $80,000.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for more than 35 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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Theodore Roosevelt: election Campaigns Then and Right Now

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919)
OUR 26TH PRESIDENT (1901-1909)

Teddy Roosevelt is one of our historically highly-rated, most well-known, and beloved American presidents. Stories about him in and out of the White House abound. Since we’re now in the midst of another hotly-contested presidential election season, it is interesting to look back at how TR, as he preferred to be called, approached his own campaigns. Was electioneering really so different 100+ years ago?

In a word - NO. Remove modern technology from the equation, and you find some surprising – and some humorous – similarities. Teddy Roosevelt first campaigned in 1900, as running mate to Republican presidential nominee William McKinley. He couldn’t have known he would actually become our 26th president shortly thereafter, when McKinley was assassinated. He worked so hard in support of McKinley, one columnist reportedly said, “Tis Teddy alone that’s running, an’ he ain’t a running, he’s gallopin’.”

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SIMPLE AND ELEGANTLY DESIGNED FISH PLATE FROM THE TEDDY ROOSEVELT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY WEDGWOOD - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.
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Name calling – a hallmark of current campaigning – was prevalent back then, too. Mark Hanna, a political rival within TR’s own Republican Party, called Teddy “that damned cowboy.” During the 1904 presidential election, the Democrats billed themselves as the “sane and safe choice.” Conversely, they described Roosevelt’s administration as “spasmodic, erratic, sensational, spectacular and arbitrary.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE. Teddy raised more than $2 million from wealthy industrialists and Wall Street financiers like J.P. Morgan. Reportedly this group said they would rather see an “unpredictable head of a predictable party” in the White House than a “predictable head of an unpredictable party.”

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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S ORNATELY CRAFTED
1902 STERLING SILVER CASE, MONOGRAMMED "TR 1902" - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.

THE ART OF EXPEDIENT DEAL-MAKING. To secure support from more conservative Republicans, Teddy made a trade. He promised to downplay his progressive domestic agenda if they would allow him to follow his own lead in foreign affairs. When he used his “bully pulpit” to promote regulation of big business, the conservatives insisted that TR tone it down. However, as a campaign tactic shortly before the 1904 Republican convention, Roosevelt defiantly issued an executive order giving pensions to all veterans between 62-67 years old.

Ironically, it was deal-making that caused Teddy to split from the Republicans and form his own Progressive Party. Having decided to make another run for the White House against his former protégé William H. Taft, Roosevelt arrived at the convention with more delegates than Taft. But Taft’s people refused to recognize their credentials. Teddy was irate and walked out, along with his followers. He later told them at their own convention, “We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.”

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S EXQUISITE
STERLING SILVER TEA CADDY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.

Even key platform issues haven’t changed much. Roosevelt campaigned for economic opportunity and political justice, a national health service and a minimum wage for women. Woodrow Wilson, running against Teddy in 1912, campaigned for corporate campaign spending limits and banking and currency reform.

ONE MAJOR DIFFERENCE. Although Teddy had campaigned long and hard on behalf of McKinley, he did not actively participate in his own campaign to become president in 1904. In those days, presidential candidates did not do that. It’s difficult to imagine today’s nominees sitting on the sidelines while their respective vice-presidential candidates did all the work to win over voters.

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ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST PRESIDENTS - Theodore Roosevelt 1858 –1919

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

President Theodore Roosevelt

ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST COMPETENT PRESIDENTS  THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Teddy Roosevelt had overcome many difficult circumstances in his lifetime. When President McKinley was assassinated in September of 1901, he felt he was well-prepared for the challenges he would face as the nation’s commander in chief.

Although young TR had been raised by a wealthy, well-connected family in New York, he was personally burdened with poor health. Because he suffered from asthma, he did not attend school but was instead educated at home by tutors and his parents. This allowed him to delve deep into studies of the natural world. He was reported to have had a photographic memory and a great love for books. In fact, he would later author more than 35 books himself.

Young Theodore Roosevelt

A YOUTHFUL AND DETERMINDED THEODORE ROOSEVELT  AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

His passion for nature led him to Harvard University, where he studied biology. He graduated magna cum laude in 1880. Although he entered Columbia Law School, he left to pursue a post with the New York Assembly. He was elected to represent the New York County 21st District from 1881 to 1884.  Coincidently, Columbia awarded him a law degree in 2008 posthumously, as a member of the class of 1882. In 1901, Yale University awarded Roosevelt an honorary doctorate in law.

On his 22nd birthday, Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee. Their daughter Alice Lee Roosevelt was born in February of 1884. Tragically, Roosevelt’s wife passed away two days later on Valentine’s Day exactly 4 years after they had publicly announced their engagement. Her illness had been masked by her pregnancy and had advanced to kidney failure. On the same day, in the same home Roosevelt’s mother passed away from Typhoid fever.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT - ROUGH RIDER OF SAN JUAN HILL

It is hard to imagine how anyone could cope with such tragic circumstances especially considering that Roosevelt had formerly lost his father in 1878 while studying at Harvard. He abandoned his political ambitions for the moment and left his newborn daughter, Alice Roosevelt,  in the care of his sister, Anna Roosevelt. He spent the following years living as a rancher in the Dakota badlands. Perhaps gaining first-hand experience of the great outdoors assisted him in regaining his internal motivation and move past this difficult period.

In 1885 T.R. built a home on Long Island, New York. On a visit to London in early December of 1886, Roosevelt married Edith Kermit Carow whom he had known since childhood. Together they raised Roosevelt’s daughter Alice Lee Roosevelt, and five children of their own: Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt III, Kermit Roosevelt, Ethel Carow Roosevelt, Archibald Bulloch "Archie" Roosevelt, and Quentin Roosevelt.

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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND HIS HIGHLY ENERGIZED FAMILY- MINUS ALICE ROOSEVELT

Roosevelt began working for the federal government and served in the US Civil Service Commission from 1888 to 1895. In 1895, he became president of the board of New York City Police Commissioners. Roosevelt was very successful in his efforts to reform the police department and providing them with proper support. Having established his reputation in these two roles, President William McKinley appointed Roosevelt Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897 to boost the limited effectiveness of the sitting Secretary of the Navy.

In 1898, at the beginning of the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt resigned from the Department of the Navy to form the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (a.k.a. the Rough Riders) who fought in Cuba. In 2001, Roosevelt was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” at San Juan Hill in 1898. He was the only President of the United States to be awarded America's highest military honor to date.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT AS A ROUGH RIDER DURING THE 1898 SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

After returning to the U.S. a war hero, Roosevelt was able to capture the popular vote in the New York gubernatorial election of 1898.  This victory was followed by his nomination for vice president in President William McKinley’s reelection campaign after the death of Vice President Garret Hobart.

As fate would have it, on September 6, 1901, President McKinley was shot and, at the young age of 42, Theodore Roosevelt became the youngest President in US history. Building on the momentum he had established in previous government roles, Roosevelt was determined to be an active reformer, providing citizens with a “Square Deal” under his leadership. He is memorialized for appointing 75 federal judges including 3 Supreme Court judges.  In 1906 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). He chose not to run for another term in 1908, and instead spent more than a year on expedition in Africa.

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE THEODORE ROOSEVELT ON SAFARI

Although Roosevelt survived an assignation attempt in 1912, his trip to the Amazon jungle in 1913-1914 was said to have led to a worsining his health. A minor leg wound turned into tropical fever that caused delirium and a loss of more than 50 pounds. He never fully regained his strength and stamina. In 1919, at the aage of only 61,  T.R. died in his sleep at home. He was survived by his sisters Corinne and Anne, his wife Edith, five children and eight grandchildren. His son Quentin had been lost at war in 1918.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American collector of museum-quality historical artifacts. For more than 30 years he has dedicated his life to buying, selling and trading authentic pieces for the benefit of his world-renowned collection. Among Mr. Amyx's many treasures are several items that were owned by President Theodore Roosevelt and others that bear his original signature. If you would like to open a confidential dialog with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, about historical memorabilia, please inquire below.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S-SILVER CARD CASE- COLLECTION-RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Jul 06, 2011 @ 02:47 PM

Featured is the Exquisite 1902 Sterling Silver Case of President Theodore Roosevelt. It is Monogrammed "T.R. 1902", in the Center Circle. The Case of the President's is Ornate and of Elegant Design.

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Theodore Roosevelt is considered to be, by all respected Historians, one of America's Greatest Presidents. This Stunning Silver Case was presented to Raleigh Degeer Amyx  nearly 25 years ago, via a White House Employee, Lillian Rogers Parks. She had a Mother, Maggie Rogers that also served at The Executive Mansion for many years.

maggie rogers|white house maid|lillian rogers parks|raleigh degeer amyx|MAGGIE ROGERS - FIRST MAID OF THE WHITE HOUSE - WEARING AN ELEGANT SOLVERINO VELVET DRESS WITH PLUME HAT - THE DRESS HAD BEEN OWNED BY FIRST LADY NELLIE TAFT & SHE GIFTED IT TO MRS. ROGERS

These Important Ladies - Maggie Rogers & Lillian Rogers Parks - began their White House Service about 100 years ago. Each Lady served at The White House for 30 years plus, making their combined total Service at The Executive Mansion just a bit over 60 years.

 

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT - AN AGRESSIVE PRESIDENT - NOT LIKELY TO FEAR CHANGE - T.R. SEEMED TO HAVE AN INNER COMPASS OF CONFIDENCE THAT HELD HIM IN VERY GOOD STEAD

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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. 

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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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THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S-TEA CADDY- THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, May 16, 2011 @ 12:34 PM

 Featured is President Theodore Roosevelt's Silver Monogrammed and Ornately Crafted, Tea Caddy. This Presidential Relic is of Museum Quality, as well as of Intricate and Artistic Merit.  The Silver Lid, Vividly illustrated below, was Impressively Hand-Engraved, "Theodore Roosevelt",  by an Artist of Merit.

theodore roosevelt|thodore roosevelt tea caddy|t.r. relic|t.r. tea|raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|STUNNING SILVER TEA CADDY OWNED AND USED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Note the Artistic design combined with Dramatic Arched Curvature - as well as the 3-D Embossed effect. This Silver Tea Caddy, measures approximately 5" in height. This 800 Sterling T.R. Relic is of German Manufacture, with an Impressive Napoleonic Style Design. It is octagonal in shape. The bottom is marked 800 (Sterling), with a small crescent and crown, which is the silver mark denoting 1880's origin.

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This Historic T.R. Relic is accompanied by a detailed Letter of Provenance, some 30 years ago, on White House Stationery, from Lillian Rogers Parks to her close friend Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

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In the Historic White House Letter Mrs. Parks outlines the details of the fact that President Roosevelt owned and used this Beautiful Piece. Lillian Rogers Parks had worked at The White House for 30 years. Prior to that her Mother, Maggie Rogers was employed at The White House, as First Maid, for 30 years.

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As of 2011, this Historic Relic - once owned and used by President Theodore Roosevelt, before and during his Presidency, is currently in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection.

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WHITE HOUSE CHINA - SERVICE PLATE OF WOODROW WILSON FINALLY LOCATED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Recently, a very select number of pieces of Official White House China have been located. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson; in conjunction with the First Lady, selected and acquired, perhaps one of the Top 5 most popular examples  of White House China. The Wilson pieces represent, Executive Mansion Elegance.....at its total best.

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It pleases us to share an example of this elegance.  The 1918 Wilson State Dinner Service Plates came in two sizes (11.125" and 11.75").  The Woodrow Wilson China was manufactured by Lenox, of Trenton, New Jersey.  For the first time, the White House had its Official China manufactured in the United States of America. By 1918, it had been fifteen years since any President or First Lady had ordered State Service; and that was when it was purchased by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

GILT PRESIDENTIAL SEAL VERSO WOODROW WILSON CHINATHIS GILT PRESIDENTIAL ARMS APPEARS IN THE CENTER OF SERVICE PLATE OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

As it turned out the Wilson service was later received by other Administrations in a totally positive vein.  In fact, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and even William Jefferson Clinton ordered additional pieces of this exact same design. They felt it important to update this elegant pattern, in order to serve a larger number of White House guests, as well is to replace pieces due to chips or breakage over a period of many years.

WOODROW WILSON AND EDITH GAT WILSON OVAL OFFICE DESKWOODROW WILSON AND EDITH GALT WILSON AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The stunning piece featured above is now in the Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.  His Official White House China Collection now ranks in the Top 2 privately held collections in the world. Other items in The American Heritage Collection AKA The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, have previously been loaned to Presidential Libraries as well as to non-profit entities of note.

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