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Lot #31
Dwight D. Eisenhower Travel Token and Flag

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Two travel items from the collection of Ike's longtime military aide Robert L. Schulz, including an 'appreciation medal' display from 1959 and a 49-star flag that traveled with Eisenhower during his 1959-1960 foreign trips. The silver 1 1/8″ 'appreciation medal' features text centered within laurels, "With Appreciation, D.D.E.," and "1959" on the reverse, and is displayed in a 4.75 x 4.75 x 1 block of Lucite atop a wooden base, along with a presidential card with printed signature ("A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness") and a metal jugate button depicting Eisenhower with Konrad Adenauer, dated August 7, 1959. The Lucite is engraved, "Aug., Sept., Paris."

The miniature 49-star American flag stands on an 11″ tall post, with a base featuring the text of the pledge of allegiance; Schulz's son notes his family's oral history concerning this flag: "My father told me that this flag went with Ike on all foreign trips." The 49-star flag was adopted on July 4, 1959, when Alaska joined the Union, and was replaced with the 50-star flag a year later upon Hawaii's admittance to statehood: therefore, we presume that this flag traveled with President Eisenhower on his foreign trips during that period, which included an August-September tour of Europe that brought him to West Germany, England, and France, where he met with the likes of Konrad Adenauer, Queen Elizabeth II, Harold Macmillan, and Charles de Gaulle, and addressed the North Atlantic Council. In overall very good to fine condition, with light toning and fraying to the flag, and rubbing wear to the text of the pledge of allegiance on its base. From the collection of Brigadier General Robert L. Schulz, longtime military aide to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #565 - Ended September 12, 2019