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Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorabilia Can Be Worth Thousands of Dollars

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorabilia

Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia is so plentiful yet so expensive.  You can own FDR White House china, autographs, campaign paraphernalia and other personal items owned by him.  Here is a list of Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia that we have sold, including one for almost $20,000:

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Leather Portfolio — Personally Owned & Used by FDR During His Presidency & Bearing His Initials

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personally owned portfolio-style briefcase used by the President in the late 1930’s. Black leather zippered portfolio is printed with his initials F.D.R. in gilt on the front. Accompanied by several pages of original contents from the time it was auctioned by the Roosevelt family: five typed sheets concerning FDR’s election campaign, hand-dated 2 May 1938. The pages contain excerpts from Senator Sheridan Downey’s speeches for Roosevelt’s reelection as well as statements by William J. McAddo who opposed Roosevelt seeking a third term. Also included are copies of correspondence between Roosevelt’s son James and the auction winner of the briefcase. Portfolio measures 15.75” x 11.25”. Zipper runs along two of the sides, leaving the left side open. A divider is built in. Very good, with scratches and surface loss to the corners and edges.  The most expensive piece of Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia we have handled.  Sold for $17,365.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt Official White House China Dinner Plate

Rare White House exhibit collection china plate of the design commissioned by President and First Lady Franklin Roosevelt. Underside of dinner plate features the famed Lenox official watermark and reads, “Exhibit Collection for Lenox Inc. / The White House 1934”. As a part of the “exhibit collection”, plate is designated to serve in displays of White House china or go on loan to various Presidential exhibits. Design features the Great Seal of the U.S. in full color on the rim, with rim edge displaying a navy blue stripe dotted with gilt stars and flanked by gilt bands and a single gilt ring around the center. Made by Lenox, one of the United States’ only producers of ”bone china”, which is distinguished for its white luminosity and chip resistance. Gorgeous Franklin D. Roosevelt. Measures 11.5″ in diameter, in fine condition.  Sold for $4,875.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt Pen Used to Sign the Important Robinson-Patman Act Into Law — Designed to Help Local Stores Compete With Large Retailers

Fountain dip pen used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to sign the landmark Robinson-Patman Act into law on 19 June 1936. Sponsored by Congressmen Wright Patman and Joseph Taylor Robinson, the Robinson-Patman Act protected small businesses from larger retail chains by prohibiting the use of price discrimination. Black 78-E Faber brand dip pen with cork grip is housed in a wooden cork-bottomed pen holder with ”Robinson-Patman bill” written to its base. Pen measures 8” long, wooden base measures 5.5” in diameter. Included with the pen are two books on the history of the act, written and signed by Patman, including: (1) ”The Robinson-Patman Act – What You Can And Cannot Do Under This Law”, published by Ronald Press: New York: 1938. Patman signs ”To my good friend John Dargavel / Wright Patman” to front free endpaper on 9 February 1938. Measures 6” x 8.5” clothed in blue boards; (2) ”Complete Guide to the Robinson-Patman Act”, published by Prentice-Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ: 1963. Patman signs, ”For Willard Simmons, an outstanding friend of small and independent businesses from his friend, Wright Patman” to front free endpaper on 4 April 1963. Measures 7.25” x 10” clothed in light brown boards. Both books have stamps to edges and front free endpapers from The National Association of Retail Druggists. Important Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  Pen and baseboard are in very good condition.  Sold for $3,781.


Pair of Franklin Roosevelt Personally Owned Stemware Used at Val-Kill

Franklin Roosevelt personally owned stemware from Eleanor’s estate, Val-Kill. Glasses are both from the same set, etched in matching floral patterns with baluster stems. One is for champagne and the other for wine. Champagne glass measures approximately 5″ in height. Near fine. Very nice and original Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  With provenance and original labels from Christie’s.  Sold for $3,125.


Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Presentation Copy of His First Book, ”Looking Forward” — Given to His Executive Staff at His First White House Christmas Party

Excellent and rare signed first edition, fifth printing of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s landmark book, ”Looking Forward.” The John Day Company: New York: 1933. Inscribed on the rear free endpaper upside down, ”To Albert Pick with a Merry Christmas from Franklin Roosevelt / 1933”. Bold, clear signature in black ink. FDR signed approximately 200 copies of his first book as President as presentation Christmas gifts during his first year as President. Contents contain a compilation of speeches given during 1932 and relating to the New Deal, with various commentaries added by Roosevelt, ”which bind the material together as a whole.” Includes the rare original 5th printing dustjacket as issued with this presentation example, complete with the unclipped $2.50 price intact. Dustjacket has tattered edges and a few small chips. Hardcover book, measuring 5.5” x 7.75”, is in original blue cloth boards with gilt text. Boards have some minor spotting and sunfading, particularly along spine. Book is splitting along front hinge, though pages are clean and tight. A very rare copy of this classic text in very good condition.  Sold for $1,420.


Large Franklin D. Roosevelt Campaign Poster — “The man with a heart”

Dramatic and eye-catching Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign poster. Colorful poster features illustration of FDR and campaign slogan, “The man with a heart / The party with a soul”. With production label at bottom left from Allied Printing Trades Council Union of Pittsburg, PA. Corners of poster includes original metal-lined grommets for hanging. Measures 28″ x 42″. Very important campaign Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  Some creasing and chipping to edges, minor creasing in other areas and some wear/smudging, in overall very good condition.  Sold for $1,226.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorabilia Large Franklin D. Roosevelt Campaign Poster -- "The man with a heart"

Large Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorabilia Being a Campaign Poster — “The man with a heart”


Franklin D. Roosevelt Christmas Gift to Majority Leader John McCormack — Elegant Wallet Inscribed ”J.M. From F.D. Roosevelt”

Franklin D. Roosevelt wallet given as a Christmas gift to John McCormack. McCormack presided over much of FDR’s historic legislation as House Majority Leader, including the New Deal and Social Security Act of 1935. Black leather ”Mark Cross” brand wallet has a small, oval 14 karat gold plaque affixed to center, inscribed: ”J.M. from F.D. Roosevelt”. With a ”Mark Cross England” insignia branded in gilt to inside, wallet measures 4” x 3.25”, with some wear to leather, especially at fold, as though it was used. Very good to near fine.  Excellent Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia.  Sold for $1,200.

If you are looking to auction, buy, consign or sell Franklin D. Roosevelt memorabilia or autographs, please email Nate@natedsanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.

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