President Roosevelt’s personally-owned and -used off-white linen handkerchief, folded to an overall size of 9.25 x 4.75, featuring an exquisite monogram embroidered in deep blue thread to imitate his signature, “FDR.” In fine condition, with a few light stains, that do not detract from overall presentability. Includes a letter of provenance on a White House card from the wife of Irineo Esperancilla, formerly chief steward of the Navy. In full: “The White House Handkerchief with the large blue initial ‘F.D.R.’ was owned and used by him. My husband, Irineo Esperancilla, served Franklin D. Roosevelt as one of his valets during WWII.” Accompanied by a photo of Mrs. Esperancilla with Amyx, and a photocopy of the letter sent by Edward Beach to Irineo Esperancilla, offering good wishes upon his retirement from the Navy. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.
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