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President Lyndon Johnson and the Monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

On August 6, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Voting Rights Act into law changing election laws throughout the United States. Before this moment, many African Americans who wished to vote in nine states, most in the South, had to first prove their eligibility through literacy tests and character evaluations. The law allowed for the appointment of Federal voting examiners who would supervise voter registration and polling practices to ensure that the law was enforced. Within 5 months, 250,000 African Americans registered to vote for the very first time.

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Section 2 of the Act closely resembled the content of the 15th amendment which prohibited the denial or abridgment of the right to vote throughout the United States with the use of literacy tests. In addition, it called for new enforcement provisions in areas of the country that were seen to have the greatest potential for racial discrimination. Section 5, stated jurisdictions must have any election regulations preapproved by the federal government to ensure that they were not discriminatory in their intent or application.

Each time the Voting Rights Act was set to expire, the American leadership honored its vital role in the progress that had been achieved. In 1970 The Act was extended by President Richard Nixon, in 1975 it was extended by President Gerald Ford and revised to include a provision for bilingual voting instructions and materials. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan extended the Act for 25 years and then Congress extended it for 15 years in 1992. Finally, in 2006, it was reauthorized for an additional 25 years.

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In June 2013, a controversial case, Shelby v. Holder, was presented to the US Supreme Court. The 5-to-4 decision determined that the coverage formula the Voting Rights Act used to determine the states that were subject to preclearance was unconstitutional, thereby nullifying the section that required that named states must have federal approval to change election laws. The vote has been passionately contested by many. The majority cited that the conditions under which the Voting Rights Act had originally been established had changed significantly.

Among the evidence presented was the election of President Barak Obama as well as numerous African American mayors who were in office in the affected states. Critics say that this will open the door to the once common practice of gerrymandering of election districts that can have a devastating effect on the minority vote. Others uphold that any regulation should apply to all of the states, not only the named states that were at issue in 1965.

lyndon b johnson christmasTHE LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON FAMILY ENJOYING CHRISTMAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

There are few topics that are as hotly debated as voter’s rights. While many statistics support the position that the racial discrimination that existed in the 1960’s is part of our past, civil rights watchdog groups and political organizations tell a different story. If the positive change that was created by the Voting Rights Act is to be sustained, the entire issue needs to be examined and addressed according to current conditions.

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The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection is proud to own many historical artifacts that are part of our nation’s rich history. Within the collection are numerous sets of White House china, including pieces from the official White House China of President Lyndon B. Johnson. As the Voting Rights Act was being signed into law, Lady Bird Johnson made her own mark in history with a uniquely designed theme connecting the American Eagle and American wildflowers. The Johnson White House China was designed by Tiffanys and manufactured by Castleton.

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Many of the museum-quality historical artifacts (over 400), acquired by Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, will be sold in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17-18, 2014 by RRAuction.com. Interested parties can see the official auction page at the link 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.

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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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Reflecting on The White House of Franklin Pierce - Our 14th President

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

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THE FOURTEENTH U.S. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE (1804-1869)

It would seem that Franklin Pierce was destined to become president. Born in 1804, Pierce was the 5th child of Benjamin and Anna Pierce. He was the only president from New Hampshire. Franklin Pierce would see his father, Benjamin Pierce, work as the governor’s councilman, county sheriff, and elected Governor of New Hampshire twice.

Education of their eight children was a high priority for the Pierces. After finishing his primary education in a local schoolhouse, 12-year-old Franklin was sent off to a boarding school in a nearby town. He walked several miles to return home. His father insisted that he return to school and left him on the road to walk back. Reflecting on this time of his life, Pierce considered it a turning point. He focused on his studies from then on and was very successful through law school.

Pierce got involved with politics early in his career. Between 1829 and 1833, he was twice elected to the New Hampshire state legislature, became the speaker of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, and was appointed Chairman of the House Education Committee.

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 FRANKLIN PIERCE - PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

In late 1832, the Democratic Party convention nominated Pierce for one of New Hampshire's five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. He won unopposed and served from 1833-1837. The successful gubernatorial race of Senator Isaac Hill left a vacant seat in the Senate. When the next term began in 1837, Pierce had taken his place and retained his seat in the Senate from 1837 to 1842.

It was during this period of time that Pierce became known for his political views. He once said: "I consider slavery a social and political evil, and most sincerely wish that it had no existence upon the face of the earth." It would appear that he supported the abolitionist movement but his voting record shows that he supported keeping slavery in place so that the increasingly agitated public would not begin a revolt.  After resigning from the Senate at his wife’s insistence, Pierce joined the temperance movement and established a law practice in Concord.

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BRIGADIER GENERAL FRANKLIN PIERCE IN THE MEXICAN AMERICAN WAR

Pierce long admired his brothers’ and father’s military service. When President Polk declared war against Mexico, he immediately volunteered. It was early 1847 when he was appointed colonel in the infantry and then promoted to brigadier general.  In the midst of a battle, Pierce was thrown from his horse and suffered a serious knee injury. He insisted on retaining his command despite his pain and played a key role in the resulting armistice.

Upon his return to New Hampshire, Pierce dove into politics once again. As the leader of the state's Democratic Party, he was well aware of their intention to nominate a pro-slavery presidential candidate for the 1952 election. After securing the nomination he and his running mate William King defeated the Whig Party candidates Winfield Scott and William Graham by a 50.9-44.1 in the popular vote and 254-42 in electoral votes. Pierce gave his inaugural address from memory hailing peace and prosperity.

 

FRANKLIN PIERCE|A STRIKING RENDERING OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE

Pierce suffered a tragic loss just two months before taking office. On their way home from Boston, the family was trapped in their train car as it rolled off the tracks into an embankment. While Franklin and Jane Pierce watched, their 11-year-old son was crushed to death. Added to the pain of having lost two other sons to illness, there is no doubt that profound sadness prevented Pierce from being an effective leader.

Because Pierce had made some extremely unpopular decisions during his presidency, he continues to be touted as one of the least effective presidents in the history of the United States. In-fact his own party failed to nominate him for a second term.  After their hopes for reelection had been crushed, the Pierces traveled abroad to relax.  In 1869, six years after his wife had passed away, Pierce succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver and was buried in the family plot in Concord.

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WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE - FROM THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

You may have the opportunity to own pieces from this historically significant china collection. World-renowned collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, has recently acquired this exceptional treasure. Engage with Mr. Amyx to inquire about President Franklin Pierce’s White House China, or other rare Presidential pieces that may become available.

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Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence & Presidential China

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 09:13 AM

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FOUNDING FATHER THOMAS JEFFERSON SETS THE STAGE FOR EVERY AMERICAN

Until early 1775, most of the early colonists felt that the considerable support provided by King George III was very beneficial and an integral part of their success. In opposition, many had become displeased with aspects of their distant subordinate relationship. For example,  they faced excessive taxation, unfair legislation and unwarranted persecution, military action, lack of justice, unreasonable immigration restrictions, and severe limitations of commerce.

These reasons were amplified by rising pressure related to surrounding events. Eventually, the men in power felt that their colonies needed to pursue complete independence from Great Britain. 

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THIS  SMALL CONTINENTAL CONGRESSIONAL COMMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED TO DRAFT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress called for the drafting of a declaration thereof, to be crafted by a committee consisting of the following members: Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and John Adams of Massachusetts.

From among these important figures, Thomas Jefferson was appointed as the chief writer because he was well known for his excellent writing and his previous work of a similar nature in Virginia.

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THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WHICH REPRESENTS THE SEVERANCE OF TIES TO GREAT BRITAIN AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW NATION

The result of his original draft, after many revisions, became known as the Declaration of Independence, finalized July 4, 1776.  This was truly a pivotal moment for the thirteen colonies that were now part of one entity, the United States of America.

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MONTICELLO - THE AWE INSPIRING 1770'S HOME OF THOMAS JEFFERSON

Jefferson is remembered well for this accomplishment as well as his many writings about the separation of church and state and rights of men. A famous quotation from the Declaration of Independence is:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These powerful words describe what it means to be an American and it lays a foundation for human rights throughout the world.

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PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON HELPED INSPIRE & SCULPT THE CHARACTER OF AMERICAN SOCIETY

Let’s ponder over the impact that the statement “all men are created equal” has over our society today. We have extended this declaration to include every man, woman, and child within our borders. It is the basis for our justice system – no accused criminal shall be treated preferentially or pursued unjustly.

It is ironic that Jefferson includes mention of a Creator because he was especially critical of organized religion, insisting that it was a private matter between a man and his God. His detest was mainly focused on government influence over the church and specific popular doctrines, an opinion which, at that point in history, brought him much criticism from the general public.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON, THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND DELEGATES MAKE HISTORY AS THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

But perhaps the most marked American characteristic is the assertion that by mere birth, a person is entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This has certainly taken many shapes and extended meanings during the many eras that America as experienced since 1776. Many of our modern laws and morals echo this sentiment.

In addition to Jefferson's talent as a gifted writer, and his role as the third President of the United States, Jefferson was well known for his Monticello estate. His cherished wife, Martha died at the young age of 33, a few months after giving birth to their last child. Although they had six children, only two daughters lived, and only Martha lived past age 25. Thomas Jefferson was to experience so much heartache.

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THE ELEGANT DINING ROOM AT THOMAS JEFFERSON'S LONG-TIME VIRGINIA HOME, THE MONTICELLO

Despite the deep sadness Jefferson felt for the loss of his wife, he still entertained quite a bit at his Monticello estate. One of the great treasures of this period is his private chinese 1790's export china collection which represents a stunning example of simple elegance. The letter "J." is monogramed inside a crest with a knight’s helmet above it.  The edges contain a trace of gilt, as well as medium blue geometric design with gold embellishments. Rather stunning.

Thomas Jefferson Chinese export chinaTHOMAS JEFFERSON'S "J." 1790'S CHINESE EXPORT  CHINA  A FOUNDING FATHER'S ELEGANCE GRACED HIS TABLE  FROM THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

You may now have the opportunity to own pieces from this historically significant china collection. World-renowned collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, has recently acquired this exceptional treasure. Engage with Mr. Amyx now to inquire about President Thomas Jefferson's fine china, or other rare Presdential pieces that may be available now or in the future.

 

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PRESIDENTIAL MEMORABILIA - EBONY BOX OWNED BY PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:10 AM

HANDSOME EBONY MARBLE BOX OF - PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON


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Pictured below, in An Official White House Photograph, is the effervescent Bill Clinton with his favorite Cat, “Socks”, on his left shoulder and a Secret Service cap on His head; which is embroidered - “Presidential Protective Division”.

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Presently, this handsome Ebony Box, of President Clinton is in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. In the near future it will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note.

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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON - A PIECE OF THE OVAL OFFICE SOFA FABRIC

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 @ 09:21 AM

A SPECIAL GIFT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

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This striking Gold Leaf Framed Relic was presented to some of the Official White House Staffers that served President William Clinton from 1993 to 2001. The beautiful fabric shown above is a Swatch of the Presidents Oval Office Sofa Upholstery Fabric shown below. President Clinton has also personally Signed the accompanying Cut Signature, which is framed with the Oval Office Fabric. All framing is believed to have been done by internal framers at The White House.  The actual swatch measures approximately 2"x 4". It is set off with matching burgundy archival matte, enclosed within an 8.5"x 8" frame. From the point of view of Presidential Gifts, this was obviously from The heart of President Clinton - straight to the hearts of those selected White House staffers that served him so tirelessly.

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Currently this historic piece is displayed in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. In the near future it will be shared with another collector of note.

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STRAIGHT FROM THE OVAL OFFICE DESK OF FDR - DEMOCRATIC DONKEY OF FDR

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 03:13 PM

FDR'S WHITE DEMOCRATIC DONKEY FROM THE PRESIDENT'S OVAL OFFICE DESK - A RELIC OF SUPREME HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

This important Historical relic was presented to Toi Marya Bachelder (Pictured Waving below), who served FDR as one of his primary Secretaries from 1933 to 1945. Toi, a Polio Victim, first met the future President at Warm Springs, Georgia when she was only 14. Over the years FDR and Toi  became trusted friends.


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Young Toi had been selected as one of the First 25 Test Patients at the newly designated Warm Springs Polio Foundation. All of the first 25 Children that were Polio Victims, mixed socially with the future President many times before he became President of the United States. FDR was particularly fond of Toi and she was the only one of 25 youthful Polio victims who was later invited to work alongside President Roosevelt, at The White House. These important Historical items were presented to Toi Marya Bachelder, who Served FDR as one of his primary Secretaries from 1933 to 1945. Shortly after the President's death on April 12, 1945, the First lady, Eleanor Roosevelt thoughtfully presented several important  pieces of personal property of the President's to favored FDR personages. And there were few so favorably chosen.

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In the early 1980's, Toi Bachelder  invited her close friend,  Raleigh DeGeer Amyx and his family to go with her,  for what was to be her last visit to Warm Springs, Georgia. It was there that Ms. Bachelder introduced Mr. Amyx to several of those that  had served The President while he was residing in Warm Springs at "The Little White House" - "FDR's Cottage". It was there that President Roosevelt spent  many days passionately attempting to regain his health and vigor.

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Years later Toi Bachelder shared, with her friend Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, a number of personal Historical Relics that were owned and used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And that included the President's three "Ho Toi" figurines, as well as FDR's White Democratic Donkey, which the President often kept right in front of him on his cluttered Oval Office desk.

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Toi Bachelder and Raleigh DeGeer Amyx were fast friends and often together for luncheons or visits between Toi's Washington D.C. home and Mr. and Mrs. Amyx's nearby Virginia home. These Rare pieces are presently, as they have been for over a quarter of a century, in The American Heritage Collection (a.k.a.) The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. In the near future all will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note.

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HISTORIC MUSEUM QUALITY - PERSONAL ITEMS OF FIRST LADY ABIGAIL ADAMS

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 @ 07:49 AM

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MUSEUM QUALITY RELICS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER

The five photos above, including the collage, Illustrate First Lady Abigail Adams' (1744-1818) beautiful Needle Case with pieces of lace and fabric (pictured below) from her dress. This historic dress and lace was what the First Lady wore at the time Gilbert Stuart so proficiently painted her for posterity. Abigail Adams is pictured
below wearing the actual Lace from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. Exquisitely embroidered by Abigail Adams and a remarkable and important collection of important items; which not only belonged but were created and made by Abigail Adams - Only the Second First Lady of the United States.

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FIRST LADY ABIGAIL ADAMS WEARING THE HISTORIC LACE ILLUSTRATED ABOVE AND BELOW

Included are two dress fabric Adams remnants & two different pieces of delicate lace trim, impeccably documented by an 1876 note (pictured below both left & right) from her very own Grand-Daughter, Elizabeth Coombs Adams (1808-1903), as well as a beautifully embroidered silk Sewing Case, also belonging to Abigail Adams. The famous Gilbert Stuart Portrait, of Abigail Adams, now in the National Art Gallery; shows her wearing a lace shawl with identical Lace Trim which can clearly be seen in the middle of her right shoulder as well as on the trim of The First Lady's right lower shoulder.

  Abigail Adams Dress Abigail Adams Dress Fabric Abigail Adams's Inaugural Gown The Hand Written Note Reads...

"Mass - July 1876 -- Piece of Reps Silk Dress Worn by Abigail Adams in London, Wife of John Adams, Minister to the Court of Saint James, Coming Home to Quincy (Mass) in 1787; and Bought the Homestead which has had Five Adams Generations Living in it. The Silk Dress and Long Train were Left to my Mother in Abigail's Will. The Reps Silk with the Pink Dots (A Remnant of this Piece is Featured in Center Photo Above) and Garnet Satin Dress, that She is Painted in Stuarts portrait, now belongs to Charles F. Adams' and I have the Old Lace Scarf back from the Old State House in Philadelphia where we sent things for the Centennial (1876). E.C.A. (Elizabeth Coombs Adams)."

It is difficult to imagine more impressive socumentation for such magnificient and historical early 19th century personal artifacts of any of America's Founding First Families. Needle Case Belonging to Abigail Adams The Elegant Needle Case is of a stiff fabric (when fully opened it measures 3.5"x10") which was covered with off-white silk, on which a floral decoration was embroidered on each side by Abigail Adams. It all folds open, rather like a wallet, and contains various compartments for sewing implements. The Needle Case was obtained together with the other items, and it is accompanied by another note, in another hand, which is illustrated - reading...

"Needle Case Belonging to Abigail Adams."

Abigail Adams was one of our most Famous Americans and important First Ladies; and items owned by this remarkable woman are, perhaps, as significant as those of Martha Washington - And actually scarcer. Dramatic Museum quality with superior hand-written documentation of authenticity, as authored by the loving and caring Grand-Daughter of John and Abigail Adams - "E.C.A. - Elizabeth Coombs Adams". Provenance of Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams Granddaughter Elizabeth Coombs Adams
SUPERIOR PROVENANCE IN THE FORM OF HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTATION VIA THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF ABIGAIL ADAMS ELIZABETH COOMBS ADAMS

This impressive piece of history has been in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection for over a quarter of a century. In the near future it will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note.

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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - WHITE HOUSE MEMORABILIA - JFK'S BOOKEND

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 @ 07:26 AM

jfk memorabilia|jfk book|john f. kennedy memorabilia|the raleigh degeer amyx colleection|the american heritage collection|A BOOKEND STRAIGHT FROM THE DESK OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

Evelyn Lincoln, Secretary to John F. Kennedy, for 12 historic years, led Raleigh DeGeer Amyx to a Bookend - straight from the Desk of J.F.K. Mrs. Lincoln presented J.F.K.'s Bookend to her friend, Mr. Amyx, along with detailed Historical Provenance on White House Stationary.


JOHN F. KENNEDY BOOKEND|JFK BOOKEND|JFK MEMORABILIA|JOHN KENNEDY MEMORABILIA|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|THE BOOKEND OF JOHN F. KENNEDY CAN BE SEEN ABOVE IN FRONT OF HIM - IN HIS UNITED STATES SENATE OFFICE - 1960

The Gold and Black Bookend (8.25" x 6"), is in the design of a Wind-Swept Eagle, nestled above Golden Stars. J.F.K., an avid reader, would have found bookends an essential part of his daily and Political life. The J.F.K. Bookend is to be seen in front of Senator Kennedy, as well as the stunning Jacqueline Kennedy,  in the bottom center portion of the appealing  picture above.

EVELYN LINCOLN|PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY WITH EVELYN LINCOLN|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|EVELYN LINCOLN - SECRETARY TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY FOR 12 YEARS - LATER MRS. LINCOLN BEFRIENDED HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR -  RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

Currently, President John F. Kennedy's Bookend is in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection - where it has been for over a quarter of a century. One day soon this historic Kennedy piece of historical memorabilia will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note.

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FDR'S OWN HOLY BIBLE -ONE OF FDR'S RAREST PERSONAL POSSESSION'S FOUND

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 @ 07:20 AM

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, F.D.R. had taken the time to include his own Personal Bookplate, which he attached to the inside cover.

fdr's holy bibleTHE HOLY BIBLE OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - MONOGRAMMED IN GOLD WITH F.D.R.'S NAME AS WELL AS THE DATE OF JULY 25, 1942 - ILLUSTRATED AT RIGHT IS F.D.R.'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. ROOSEVELTF.D.R. 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 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S VERY OWN 1942 HOLY BIBLE

Among other things, Lillian Rogers Parks, a favored Maid and Seamstress of 12 F.D.R's White House years, was given FDR's Holy Bible.  On April 12, 1983, (42 years later to the day), Mrs. Parks (pictured below holding F.D.R.'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 President's Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight David Eisenhower. 

fdr in moment of reflectionF.D.R. - AT HIS HYDE PARK HOME  -  THE PRESIDENT 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.

While this rare personal possession of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (his own Holy Bible) is in the current Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, where it has been for nearly 30 years, the time is coming when it must be shared with an Institution or another Colllector of note. It is important that a piece of such historic merit be protected for future Generations of Americans.

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