The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection
The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection
 

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT

 
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ELEGANT BEAVER TOP HAT WORN, JANUARY 20, 1932, BY F.D.R. AT HIS 1st INAUGURATION, AS OUR PRESIDENT

FDR's top hat
STUNNING CUSTOM MADE CASE MAKING FOR IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY OF THIS HISTORIC IST INAUGUARATION BEAVER TOP HAT AS WORN BY F.D.R. - AN ICONIC PRESIDENT - F.D.R. ON MARCH 4, 1933, AS WELL AS FOR OTHER FORMAL OCCASSIONS

 

Top Hat
AN IMPRESSIVE CLOSE-UP OF F.D.R. BEAVER TOP HAT OUT OF CUSTOM DISPLAY CASE


Significant historical relic: a beaver formal top hat, of superior quality, as worn on January 20, 1932, by F.D.R. At his inauguration as President, in front of the United States Capitol. The President would have also worn this same beaver top hat, for the period of his first presidential term, on other formal occasions, such as formal dinners and official receptions. This was not an unusual practice in the 1930's.

President Roosevelt also wore other formal top hats for both his 1937 as well as his 1941 Inaugurations. Those F.D.R. inauguration top hats are currently within the Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Top Hat
THE PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE WITH F.D.R. AND BEAVER TOP HAT ON THE WAY TO MARCH 4, 1933 SWEARING IN WITH A SOLEMN PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER

 

FDR's top hat
A CLOSE-UP VIEW OF THE GILT-EMBLAZONED WHITE SILK LINING, READING "FRANKLIN DeLANO ROOSEVELT"

 

 

This handsome beaver top hat is lined with white silk and is embossed with his full name on the inside tan leather band, "Franklin Delano Roosevelt". In addition, F.D.R's full name is once again embossed within on the silk lining at the upper portion of the white silk lining.


Leather FDR Top Hat

ON THE INSIDE OF F.DR.'S BEAVER TOP HAT IS EMBLAZONED, IN GILT, "FRANKLIN DeLANO ROOSEVELT",THE NEWLY INAUGUARATED PRESIDENT

 

FDR and Hoover 1933 Inaugauration

THE FIRST LADY AND THE PRESIDENT'S SON, JIMMY, ASSIST F.D.R. AS HE RETURNS TO THE SOUTH LAWN WHITE HOUSE ENTRANCE, FROM HIS SWEARING IN, AT THE CAPITOL, ON MARCH 4, 1933. F.D.R. IS WEARING HIS HANDSOME DOUBLE-GILT MONOGRAMMED BEAVER TOP HAT


 

More than thirty years ago, the Prettymans wrote a very detailed letter of provenance on White House stationery, addressed to Raleigh Degeer Amyx. In part, it reads, "The President was always making a fuss over Arthur Prettyman. He kidded him about having a pretty face, just like his name. The President teased him about being a "lady killer". Arthur would reply, "one does not refute the Chief Executive, Mr. President."

"The President enjoyed the company of his valets. Being a Valet to President Roosevelt was grueling work. Because of his physical handicap, there was so little the President could do for himself. Assistance was constantly required with lifting, dressing, and personal grooming." 

"The President enjoyed the company of his valets. Being a Valet to President Roosevelt was grueling work. Because of his physical handicap, there was so little the President could do for himself. Assistance was constantly required with lifting, dressing, and personal grooming." 

Further, the letter from Prettyman states, "When F.D.R. died in Warm Springs, Georgia (1945), it was my husband, Arthur, who helped carry him to his bed. They had so often been together. This great loss seemed to haunt Arthur until his death." This important letter, on White House stationary, goes on to fully describe this expensive beaver top hat in a careful way, that will please the most discriminating historian.

 


Valet Arthur Prettyman walking Fala

A SADDENED ARTHUR PRETTYMAN WALKS FDR'S DOG, FALA, APRIL 1945, IN ATLANTA, AS THE TRAIN BEARING THE PRESIDENT'S REMAINS MAKES A STOP ROUTE TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

Fortunately, Raleigh Degeer Amyx was well acquainted with the President's Valet and Mrs. Arthur Prettyman, and other close and upstairs White House staff members. If it were not for the Prettymans, this important historic personal item of F.D.R's would not have been historically preserved.

After the death of President Roosevelt, President Harry S. Truman, who had never ever had a Valet, found that he was indeed in need of one. And for the next 7 plus years Arthur Prettyman also served Truman as his Valet. The Prettyman's had a profound personal look into the daily personal lives of two of America's greatest presidents - Roosevelt and Truman.

 


FDR Top Hat Box

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FDR'S MINIATURE FALA DOGS FROM FDR'S
WHITE HOUSE DESK AND MANTLE
FDR's Fala Dog
Raleigh DeGeer Amyx & Lillian Rogers Parks
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX WITH HIS CLOSE FRIEND LILLIAN ROGERS PARKS

The above four Miniature Sized Black Fala Dogs were
Owned, Used and Displayed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, (Pictured below with Fala), in The White House
from 1943 to 1945. They were either on his Desk in
The Oval Office or on The Oval Office Mantle and/or in the Private Family Living Quarters on FDR’s Dresser.

The Detailed Historical Facts about these were related
to me in Letter Format on White House Imprinted
Stationary from Lillian Rogers Parks, (Pictured at left
with Mr. Amyx about 1984) who had Close Proximity
to the President and First Lady.

FDR and Fala
F.D.R. TAKES A DRIVE WITH "FALA"
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A CLASS RELIC - FDR's CUP & SAUCER
PERSONALLY AUTHENTICATED
BY FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
President Roosevelt's Cup & Saucer
FDR's Cup & Saucer
President Roosevelt
F.D.R. CAUGHT IN A
MOMENT OF LIESURE


A Huge Cup (4.25 x 4.5 inch) and a
Saucer (7 inch); Owned and Used by
Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Amyx Collection has a Total of 4 Differently Designed Huge FDR Cups and Saucers in its Collection.
It was not Uncommon for FDR to not
only Drink Coffee but to use a Spoon
or just Drink His Soup.

Upon the Death of FDR on April 12, 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt Presented this Cup and Saucer to her long time Secretary, Dorothy Dow, who became the Author of “Eleanor Roosevelt, An Eager Spirit”.

Note the photo of Actual Book by Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secretary, Dorothy Dow below.
 
In the early 1980's, Dorothy Dow Presented this Class One Relic to Her Friend,
Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, with Appropriate Detailed Provenance.
Eleanor Roosevelt Authored by Dorothy Dow
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FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT'S 1942 HOLY BIBLE
A RELIC OF THE HIGHEST MAGNITUDE
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Bible
Shown above is President Roosevelt’s Holy Bible with his Name Monogrammed
in Gold - And a World War II Date of 1942. FDR’s Personal Bookplate is Affixed
on the Inside Front Cover. Shortly after the President Passed Away on
April 12, 1945, First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, called a Few White House Staff Members into the Executive Mansion Bedroom. Some of FDR’s Personal
Effects had been laid out by her. Mrs. Roosevelt said,

“Take What You Want Now; Because The Rest Is Going To Hyde Park
And You Will Never Have Another Chance”.


Among other things, Lillian Rogers Parks, a Favored Maid of 12 years,
was given FDR’s Bible. On April 12, 1983, (42 years later to the day),
Mrs. Parks (Pictured below holding FDR’s Holy Bible, as well as F.D.R.'s detailed crocheted bedspread, with intricate Seal, on her lap under the Bible) presented it to
Raleigh DeGeer Amyx accompanied by Provenance of the Highest Order.

Lillian Rogers Parks & FDR's Bible
LILLIAN ROGERS PARKS WITH F.D.R.'S HOLY BIBLE

FDR adjusts Tie
F.D.R. AS HE IS ABOUT
TO ADDRESS THE MASSES

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FDR'S OFTEN USED IVORY HANDLED CANE
A RELIC OF MAJOR HISTORICAL MAGNITUDE
Franklin D. Roosevelts Cane
Mrs. Athur Prettyman with FDR's Cane
MILDRED PRETTYMAN WITH THE ABOVE
F.D.R. CANE

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Often Used Ivory Handled Cane with Walnut Shaft and Ivory Tip.
FDR Used this Ivory Handle Cane a Great Deal until,
with the Weight of his Own Paralyzed Body, he Cracked the Ivory Handle Off. At that point, FDR gave it to
his Valet, Arthur Prettyman.

My Husband Loved FDR. The President was always making a Fuss over him. He Kidded him about having a Pretty Face – like his Name. The President Teased Arthur about being a “Lady Killer”.
My husband would reply...

“One Does Not Refute the Chief Executive, Mr. President”.

When FDR Suddenly Passed Away on April 12, 1945,
it was my Husband and Dr. Bruenn that Placed Him
on His Bed in Warm Springs, Georgia.

The Prettyman’s (Pictured at left is Mrs. Arthur Prettyman holding the above FDR Ivory Handled
Cane in her left hand) Presented this Most
Personal Possession of the President's to
Raleigh DeGeer Amyx on January 11, 1983.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt using Ivory/Walnut Cane at right. FDR Fractured the Ivory Handle sometime during World War II. At that Point, the Cane became the Property of the President's Valet, Arthur Prettyman.
FDR with Cane
FDR's CANE, A RELIC OF
MAJOR HISTORICAL MAGNITUDE, CAN BE SEEN AT RIGHT, RESTING ON THE PRESIDENTS LEFT HIP.
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FDR'S HISTORIC BLUE/BLACK CAPE
A MAJOR RELIC - OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
Franklin Roosevelt's Cape
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Elegant Midnight-Blue/Black with Black Velvet Collared Cape; like He Wore to Yalta and with Winston S. Churchill, as well as on other Historic Occasions. Roosevelt once said to his Valet, Arthur Prettyman...

“You Are My Lifeline, The Keeper Of My Keys”.

The President did Not Necessarily Mean Real Keys; but the Keys to FDR’s Secrets. FDR was Close to his Valets, but being a Valet to President Roosevelt was
Grueling Work. There was so little that the President could do for Himself
Physically that a Valet has to be like Two People – Much lifting of the Presidents Heavy Body and much Running Hither and Yon was Required.
Mrs. Arthur Prettyman, Raleigh DeGeeer Amyx & Lillian Rogers Parks
On April 12, 1983, Exactly 42 Years later to the Day, of the President’s Death,
Mrs. Arthur Prettyman and Lillian Rogers Parks is Pictured at left with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx in 1983.
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX
IS GRACED WITH THE PRESENCE OF MILDRED PRETTYMAN AND LILLIAN ROGERS PARKS IN 1983
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This Historic Relic (The Midnight Blue/Black Cape that FDR is wearing at right) was Presented to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx with Impeccable written Provenance on White House Stationary.
FDR waering his Cape
F.D.R. WEARING HIS FAMOUS CAPE - IN 1945
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FDR'S DROP DEAD GORGEOUS - STERLING SILVER
CIGARETTE/CARD CASE
FDR's Cigarette Case
President Roosevelt's Cigarette Case

This Stunning Sterling Silver Case was
Owned & Used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
When FDR Passed Away in 1945, Mrs. Roosevelt Gave a Number of the President's Personal Possessions
to Favored White House Employees.

This Exquisite Case was Presented to
Lillian Rogers Parks, who Served The Roosevelt's
for 12 years, during her 30 Year Total
White House Backstairs Career.

This Imaginative Sterling Silver Case is Ornately Hand Engraved,"FDR" on the Elegant Front. On the Verso it is Hand Engraved, "Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 30, 1935", (FDR's 52nd birthday).
My Thirty Years Backstairs at The White House

FDR with Hi sCigarette Holder
F.D.R. OUT FOR A DRIVE


This Personal Relic is a Major FDR Piece to say the least. Lillian Rogers Parks Presented this Case, with Detailed Written Provenance on White House Stationary, to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx on January 30, 1983 (the President’s 101st birthday).

Above is featured the Book
Authored by Lillian Rogers Parks,
"My Thirty Years Backstairs at The White House".
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FDR'S WHITE DEMOCRATIC DONKEY
FROM THE PRESIDENT'S OVAL OFFICE DESK
A RELIC OF SUPREME HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

President Roosevelt at Oval Office Desk
F.D.R.'S WHITE DONKEY ON RIGHT FRONT OF DESK
WITH HEAD OF HO - TOI DIRECTLY BEHIND DONKEY
(BOTH PICTURED BELOW)

Take Special Note of FDR’s White Donkey on the Right Side Front of
The President's Oval Office Desk. The actual Democratic White Donkey is
now in the Amyx Collection and is featured below. Also see, just beyond the
Donkey’s curved neck the Black Cap sitting on Ho-Toi’s Head. Both items,
from the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, are Featured Dramatically below.
FDR's Democratic Donkey
FDR's Toy Collection
FDR’s White Donkey which Represents the Democratic Symbol, Almost Always
sat in a Prominent Position Amidst the Perpetual Clutter on President’s Roosevelt’s Oval Office Desk. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt Passed Away on
April 12, 1945, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had those that were Close to
FDR called into The Oval Office to pick out which FDR Treasure they would
like to possess. Mrs. Roosevelt Stated that they should take what they want now, because the rest would be going to Hyde Park.
This Important Historical Item was Presented to
Toi Marya Bachelder (Pictured Waving at right),
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.

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.

Toi Bachelder, Secretary to FDR
TOI BACHELDER IN 1985 WITH HER FRIEND AND BOSS - F.D.R.

But 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.
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HISTORIC FDR RELIC OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER
FDR's Tie
Many years ago this Historic FDR Necktie was Presented to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx by the Esperancilla Family, with detailed written Provenance on White House Stationary.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is shown at left, wearing this Tie with its Horizontal White Stripes on Black. The President often Wore it and it was Retrieved and Preserved by one of the President’s Valets, Irineo Esperancilla (Pictured below right) who Served from 1929 to 1955; President’s Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman
and Eisenhower. But during World War II, Ireneo “Isaac” Esperancilla was one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s
Few Trusted Valets.
President Roosevelts Tie
F.D.R. WEARING HIS BLACK & WHITE STRIPED TIE             
 
FDR's Valet Isaac Esperancilla
IRENEO “ISAAC” ESPERANCILLA,
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S TRUSTED VALET.

LATER THE ESPERANCILLA'S BEFRIENDED
RALEIGH D
EGEER AMYX. 
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THE SILVER AND CRYSTAL CRUET SET OF
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
President Roosevelt's Cruet
 
President Roosevelt's Crystal
A Pair of Crystal Jars, Etched “F.D.R.”, Fit Comfortably into the German Silver
Holder with Circular Handle and Two Pickle Forks. The President Kept This Set
at Various Places in The White House to Include his Bedroom.

The Set Came to the Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, via the Caring Hands of the Longtime White House Maid, Lillian Rogers Parks. She Served FDR for the Entire 12 years. Mrs. Parks Served a total of 30 Years Service within The White House Upstairs Family Area. Mrs. Parks mentioned to Mr. Amyx that she used to Polish and Dust this Piece often. The Jars Measure Nearly 4.25 in height, not including the Stopper or Top.
FDR and Happy Days
F.D.R. IN A
GLEEFUL MOMENT


When FDR Passed Away
in 1945, the First Lady,
Eleanor Roosevelt, called Favored White House Employees into
FDR's Bedroom in
The White House. There, Mrs. Roosevelt had laid out some of FDR’s Most Personal items.
Mrs. Roosevelt said...

“We Should Take What We Wanted Because The Rest Was Going To Hyde Park And This Would Be Our Last Chance”.

Note the Actual Book Authored
by Lillian Rogers Parks
is pictured at right.
Lillian Rogers Parks Book
LILLIAN ROGERS PARKS




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STUNNING FDR WOOD INLAID BOX, LADEN WITH HISTORY, FROM FDR’S WHITE HOUSE DRESSER
FDR's Desk Box
This Personal Box Used Often by The President Franklin D. Roosevelt Rested in
The White House Living Quarters on the Dresser in the President’s Bedroom.
In this Box the President Kept Personal Items such his very own Letters.


He told his Valets they were his ‘Lifeline and The Keeper Of His Secrets’. Only the President and the Valets had any Real Idea of what Personal Effects FDR Stored There. One of the Valets Burned the Contents of the Box in the Kitchen Sink to Protect The President’s Secrets following his Death in 1945. This Historic Wood Inlaid Box, Monogrammed in Ebony, “FDR”, and Laden with History, was Presented to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx in 1983.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
IN A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
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THE ELEGANT BLACK FEDORA OF
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
President Roosevelt's Fedora
President Roosevelts Monogrammed Hat
President Roosevelt's Fedora
A Handsome Black Fedora was Owned and Used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
It was his Dressy Fedora and not Typical of the Type he used to Campaign in.
This High Quality Relic was made in England by Herbert Johnson Expressly for Brooks Brothers. The Initials “F.D.R.” Appear in Gold on the Interior Brown Hat Band.

This Elegant Fedora was Presented to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Prettyman. Prettyman was a Valet to President Roosevelt throughout the 12 years of his Presidency and they grew to be Good Friends.

Mrs. Arthur Prettyman
MILDRED PRETTYMAN WITH F.D.R.'S CANE
AND FEDORA

Arthur Prettyman loved FDR. The President was always making a Fuss over him. He kidded Arthur about having a Pretty Face — just like his Name. Prettyman wore a Small, Neat Mustache and Roosevelt Teased his Valet about being a “Lady-Killer”.
My husband would reply...

“One Does Not Refute the Chief Executive, Mr. President”.

When FDR Died on April 12, 1945; it was
Arthur Prettyman and Dr. Bruenn that carried FDR
to his bed in Warm Springs, Georgia.

This Beautiful Fedora was Presented, with Detailed Historic Provenance to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx on
January 11, 1983, by the Prettymans. Pictured at
left is Mrs. Arthur Prettyman in 1983; seated with
FDR’s Fedora, Resting on her Lap.

President Franklin Roosevelt Driving Car
A PARALYZED F.D.R. TAKES TO THE WHEEL

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DAPPER POCKET HANDKERCHIEF
STRAIGHT FROM THE POCKET OF FDR
President Roosevelt's Handkerchief
The above White Linen Handkerchief, with Large Blue FDR Initials, was Owned & Used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Irineo Esperancilla was one of the President’s Trusted Valets. He Served FDR Faithfully, throughout World War II, along with Arthur Prettyman. This Relic is straight from the Pocket of FDR and was Presented to
Raleigh Degeer Amyx well over 25 years ago and as Accompanied by Impeccable Provenance detailed on White House Stationary.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT

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FDR’S GOLDEN CROWN CUFFLINKS ON BLUE ENAMEL
President Roosevelt's Cuff Links
FDR's Cuff Links

Owned by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the above Stunning Cufflinks were Presented to one of FDR’s Inner Circle; Toi Bachelder, (Pictured right), whom FDR First Met, when Toi was 14 years old. The President brought her to The White House as a Favored Secretary and Presented Ms. Bachelder, During World War II, a Pair of his Favorite Cufflinks. At that time, FDR stated that he had Received Criticism
that he was Behaving as a King and thought it was an Appropriate Time that He Parted with his Triple Crown like Golden Monogrammed Cufflinks.
Toi Bachelder, Secretary to FDR
TOI BACHELDER
ONE OF F.D.R.'S - "INNER CIRCLE"
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OF MAJOR HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE
THE VERY LAST HANDKERCHIEF FDR HAD
IN HIS OVAL OFFICE DESK
Handerchief of FDR
President Roosevelt's Handkerchief

This Most Personal Possession of FDR’s is Intricately Monogrammed “R” within an Elaborately and Artistically Designed Crest. The Handkerchief was left by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in His Oval Office Desk, just prior to his Departing for Warm Springs, Georgia, where the President was to Pass Away on April 12, 1945. The Handkerchief was retrieved by a Secret Service Agent, William D. Simmons (pictured right), who also Served Later as The White House Doorkeeper and Chief Receptionist.

William Simmons, Secret Service
WILLIAM D. SIMMONS
WHITE HOUSE DOOR KEEPER
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A MAGNIFICIENT RELIC
FDR'S 1933 CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR
BIRDS EYE MAPLE BOX
FDR's Wood Box
FDR Chicago World's Fair
President Roosevelts Wood Box


A Century of Progress:
1933 Chicago World’s Fair Presentation Box to
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This Beautiful Presentation Piece in Bird’s Eye Maple Wood, was Presented to the President upon his Visit to the World’s Fair in October of 1933.

It is Approximately 7.5"x11.25"x2.5", with an Attractive Oval Gilt Plaque on Top of the Burled Wood Box which reads...

"A Century of Progress – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Chicago 1933".

The Chicago World’ Fair, known as the Century of Progress, was open from May 1933 to November of 1933 and its Theme became Technological Innovation and
Products of Industry.

Official Poster Chicago Worlds Fair
The World's Fair was held to Symbolize Hope for Chicago and America’s Future, in the very midst of the Great Depression. In October of 1933, President Roosevelt visited the World’s Fair, at which time this Beautiful Wood Inlaid Box was Presented to him.
Lillian Rogers Parks & FDR's Cane
During the Same Dreadful Depression Year of 1933, an Assassination Attempt was made on the Life of President Roosevelt, by Assassin Guissippe Zangara. The bullets Barely Missed FDR; but Five Other People were hit and the Mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak was Fatally Injured. When the President passed away,
12 years later, on April 12, 1945, some of the Favored Permanent Staff that Served in The White House were called, by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, to the President’s Bedroom as well as to the Oval Office.
 
LILLIAN ROGERS PARKS
WITH F.D.R.'S 1933 WORLD'S FAIR BOX
TO HER RIGHT IN 1983


They were Instructed to Take What They
Wanted from the Presidents Bed, Dresser,
Oval Office Desk, etc. This is how this Beautiful Relic, Owned & Used by FDR, was Gifted to
Lillian Rogers Parks. Ms. Parks had Served the Roosevelt's, as a Maid and Seamstress,
all 12 years of their White House Tenure.

On April 12, 1985, exactly 40 years after the Passing of the President, she Gifted this Beautiful Relic to her Close Friend Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

FDR's World's Fair Monogrammed Maple Box is pictured above on the Desk of Lillian

Lillian Rogers Parks Book
Rogers Parks in 1983. When Lillian Rogers Parks book,
"My Thirty Years Backstairs to the White House", was Released in 1961,
her Very First Copy was Presented to Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1961.
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BEAUTIFUL NECKLACE MEDALLION FROM FDR TO TOI BACHELDER - "TEHERAN - DECEMBER 1943"
FDR Gold Medallion
President Roosevelt Tehran 1943
Note Referance FDR's White House Items
Owned & Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt; the above Stunning Cufflinks were Presented to one of FDR’s "Inner Circle", Toi Bachelder (Pictured right with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx in 1984 on the way to Warm Springs, Georgia), whom FDR first met when she was 14 years old.

The President brought her to
The White House as a Favored Secretary and Presented Ms. Bachelder,
during World War II, a pair of his
Favorite Cufflinks. At that time, FDR stated that he had received criticism that he was behaving as a King and thought it was an appropriate time that he parted with his Triple Crown like Golden Monogrammed Cufflinks.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx & Toi Bachelder
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX
WITH HIS FRIEND
TOI BACHELDER IN 1984

On January 30, 1988, what would have been FDR's 106th Birthday,
Toi Bachelder, thoughtfully, took Pen to Hand and Wrote a Note on a White House Card, to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, Detailing FDR's Gift of the Golden Cufflinks
to her sometime during World War II.
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FDR'S GORGEOUS DIAMOND DESIGNED BLUE SCARF
President Roosevelts Scarf
FDR's Scarf
The Dapper Blue Scarf, (approximately 10.25 x 45 inches) was Owned and Worn by Franklin D. Roosevelt. About 20 years ago, it was Presented to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, with Impeccable Provenance, by the Esperancilla Family. It had Been Retrieved by one of FDR’s Trusted Valets, Irineo Esperancilla, (Pictured lower right , sometime during
WW II), who Served many American Presidents from 1927 to 1955; and Specifically Served FDR as a Trusted Valet throughout World War II.
FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Isaac Esperancilla FDR Valet
AN EXULTANT F.D.R. WITH HIS TRUSTED VALET
IRINEO ESPERANCILLA
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EXTRAORDINARY RELICS TO INCLUDE: FDR’S LARGE ASHTRAY, CIGARETTE HOLDER AND MATCHES
President Roosevelts Ash Tray & Cigarette Holder
FDR’s Famous Cigarette Holder (FDR pictured below left using
the above holder), Heavy Silver Type Metal Ashtray, of Distinction, and
Gold Embossed FDR Leather Match-Book Cover.
All of the above Historic Items came from FDR's Valet, Arthur Prettyman with the Help of his Elegant Wife, Mildred Prettyman, (Pictured at right).

Mr. Amyx often Met with both Mrs. Prettyman and Lillian Rogers Parks. The Detailed Provenance, on White House Stationary, from the Prettyman's, Presents Raleigh DeGeer Amyx with all 3 of the above Items on 3 Different Occasions, with 3 totally seperate and Detailed Letters.

Take Special Note of the Ashtray
above as President Roosevelt often used it. It is Embossed on Top, “Franklin D. Roosevelt – Commander in Chief – United States Navy”. Nicotine Stains from the President’s Cigarettes still show on the 3 Designated Places for Cigarettes. FDR’s Ashtray Measures in at a Bold 7 Inches across the top and nearly 2 inches in height. All 3 of the above pictured Items Played Daily Roles in the Life of One of America's Greatest Leaders.
Mrs Arthur Prettyman with FDR's Cane
The Gracious
Mildred Prettyman
FDR's Cigarette Holder





FDR, AN INVETERATE CIGARETTE SMOKER, CAN BE SEEN AT LEFT WITH HIS CIGARETTE HOLDER

 

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ORIGINAL FDR ART - ACCOMPLISHED IN 1937,
BY ONE OF HIS SECRETARIES WHILE
AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Original Art of President Roosevelt
  According to the Washington Daily News, on January 1, 1937, this
Original Photograph (Pictured lower left) was Identified as the “Smilin Thru” Photograph, which they Distributed in their Washington D.C., Newspaper. The Washington Daily News Publication Caption above the Original Art was, “Talent In The White House”. Note, at bottom right, FDR’s Secretary, Mabel Williams who is Actually the Talented Artist; shown Working Inside The White House, Holding the above Original Portrait in her right hand that she has just Artistically Created. Her left hand is resting on her White House Typewriter Keyboard.
President Roosevelt Smiling
 

In a Letter Dated May 9, 1988,
to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx,
Mabel Williams goes into Detail about her work at The White House as well as the above Original Art (approximately 12"x15").

Miss Williams explains that the Original “Smilin Thru” Photograph had Received a Lot of Press Attention when it was First Published because many
thought that the FDR Photograph had such a Remarkable Likeness
to The President.
F.D.R. ABOUT TO BE SKETCHED BY
MABEL WILLIAMS

At any rate, the Photograph above Captured the Attention of FDR’s
Secretary; and Mabel Williams set down one slow day at The White House and Sketched this Marvelous Likeness.
The next thing you know, the Original Art wound up on the Oval Office Desk of FDR and The President Autographed it right back to Mabel Williams, with his Full Signature...

"For Mabel Williams - From
Franklin D. Roosevelt",


...at the bottom right hand corner of the
above Original Art. In 1988, Mable Williams Warmly Gifted this Original Piece of Art
along with Impeccable Provenance to
Mr. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

Mabel Williams, Secretary to FDR
MABEL WILLIAMS
SKETCHES HER BOSS - F.D.R.

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EXCEPTIONAL GIFT FROM FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT TO HIS SPECIAL SECRETARY, TOI BACHELDER
FDR's Personal Gift
ANS by FDR as President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) – Sometimes FDR Favored Special People with Gifts, while he was President. Above are Six Handmade Chinese Doilies that FDR had Selected for a Close Friend and Secretary, Toi Bachelder
(Pictured below left with Doilies before reframing).
FDR Secretary, Toi Bachelder

In the Book, “FDR’s Splendid Deception”, by Hugh G. Gallagher, there is a Short List of FDR’s
"Inner Circle", on pages 124-125. These Few People included
Louis Howe, Missy LeHand,
Grace Tully, Major General Paul Watson, Marvin McIntyre, Steve Early, and Toi Bachelder, Secretary and Fellow Polio Victim.

On the Occasion of FDR’s 104th Birthday, on January 30, 1986, Toi Bachelder Presented FDR’s Gift to her in 1938, to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. In her Extraordinary Letter of Provenance of 1986, Toi Bachelder States, “Dear Raleigh – The Six Chinese Mats were given to me in 1938. In July of that same year FDR had asked me to join him in Pensacola, Florida where he Planned to Disembark from the USS Houston on August 5.
FDR'S FRIEND, TOI BACHELDER
I was Privileged to Accompany FDR, Acting as his Secretary, and the Rest of
the Presidential Party Back to Washington D.C. Via Warm Springs and Barnesville with a Stop in Columbia, South Carolina. The Purpose of the Stops in Barnesville
and Columbia was to Make Speeches on Behalf of the Democratic Candidates
in those States who were Opposing the Democratic Incumbent. At Barnesville,
FDR Urged that Lawrence Camp be Elected in the Primary in opposition to
Senator Walter F. George, a longtime Member of The United States Senate.
On the way to Warm Springs, the President told me that he had a Present for me, which he Purchased in Panama as the USS Houston Traversed the Canal. I Thanked Him and Kept Waiting for my Present. It came to my Desk, in The White House, Loosely Wrapped in
White Tissue Paper a Week or so before Christmas. The Card Accompanying it reads...

FOR TOI – BELATED NEWS FROM PANAMA – F.D.R.

The Thoughtful President Made Sure, by the Informality of the Loosely Wrapped Package, and the Personalized Wording of the Card,
that I Did Not Mistake it for my Annual Christmas Gift that would be coming from him soon.

President with Son Jimmy Roosevelt
F.D.R. ABOARD - WITH HIS SON JIMMY ROOSEVELT

So, this is a Story of the Framed Mats and Card - I hope they bring you
much Pleasure as they did me. It Pleases me that you so Appropriately
Framed them on a Blue Matte with a Handsome Gold Leaf Frame. Raleigh,
take Good Care of them Always – Affectionately Toi Bachelder”.
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THE SOMBER WHITE HOUSE FUNERAL SERVICES
OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
Invitation to Funeral of President Roosevelt

President Roosevelt Lies In State in White House
THE PRESIDENT LIES - IN STATE - IN THE EAST ROOM
AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Shown above, in Near Mint condition, is a Very Scarce Invitation
(approximately 5"x7") to the Funeral Services of One of America’s Greatest
Leaders and Presidents. The Service was Held for Friends and Family Only,
in the East Room of The White House at 4 PM on April 14, 1945 — Mr. Amyx was
Well Acquainted with Several Friends and Associates in Attendance, with
the Roosevelt Family, on that Lamentable Day.
Shortly after This White House Service, the President’s Remains were Taken by Train to
Hyde Park for Internment there. More than
one of the above Invitations were Gifted,
Over the Years, to Mr. Amyx by Friends of
the President. In this Particular Case, the
Funeral Invitation featured above is from the President’s Long-Time Friend, Toi Bachelder.

Ms. Bachelder and Mr. Amyx were often
together later. They can been seen to the right
on their way to Warm Springs, Georgia in 1984. Later, Mr. Amyx Served as a Pall Bearer
at the Funeral of Toi Bachelder.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx and Toi Bachelder
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX
WITH HIS FRIEND
TOI BACHELDER - 1984

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The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential pieces in the collection above may soon be available for selling or trading to someone who has the same shared historical appreciation for a museum-quality piece of history — as I have for the past quarter of a century plus.  If you have a serious interest, simply fill in the contact form below and I would be pleased to enter into a confidential discussion via telephone with you concerning your interest.

 

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