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13   Theodore Roosevelt’s Sterling Silver Card Case  $350 $6875 You must login to place a bid.
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#13 - Theodore Roosevelt’s Sterling Silver Card Case

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Marvelous sterling pocket case from the year of ‘Teddy’s Bear’

President Roosevelt’s ornate and attractive personally-owned and -used sterling silver card carrying case, measuring 3.25 x 2.25 x .5, with intricately impressed beautiful designs on all sides, and a circular area in the center expertly hand-engraved with his initials and the year, “TR, 1902.” The case opens via a push-button clasp on the right edge to reveal thin bars on either side to secure the inner contents. The hinge and clasp function perfectly in spite of a few tiny dings and minor bends to the case edges. Includes a letter of provenance on a White House card from Lillian Rogers Parks, who was a best selling author as well as housekeeper and seamstress at the White House for over 30 years, from President Hoover through President Eisenhower. In full: “The ornate sterling silver card case was owned and used by President Theodore Roosevelt. After T. R. left it at the White House, it was given by Chief Usher, Ike Hoover, to my Mother, Maggie Rogers, First Maid of the White House for 30 years.” This exceptionally gorgeous, museum-quality piece is made especially notable by its date—1902 marked the first full year of Roosevelt’s presidency, and it saw the origin of one of his most well-known legacies. On a hunting trip in November 1902, Roosevelt refused to shoot a defenseless black bear, deeming it unsportsmanlike—it was this moment that inspired the name of the ‘Teddy’ bear. A supreme example, representing the essence of Theodore Roosevelt, this card case belongs in the most discriminating collection or institution.

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