Large leather-bound guest book from the presidential yacht USS Williamsburg from the estate of its captain James W. Hicks, 11.5 x 14.25, dated 1953, containing 44 signatures of politicians and their guests on the first four pages (signed back-to-back), including: Dwight D. Eisenhower (3), Mamie Doud Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Rene Mayer, Georges Bidault, Maurice Bourges-Maunoury, Livingston T. Merchant, Harold Stassen, Alexander Wiley, Douglas MacArthur II, Sam Rayburn, Charles Erwin Wilson, Henri Bonnet, Elivera M. Doud, Frances Doud Moore, Helen E. Eisenhower, Milton S. Eisenhower, Thomas E. Stephens (2), Edward L. Beach, Jr. (2), C. Turner Joy, and 17 others. Also includes a rare secretarial note sent by the office of Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination, matted and framed with memorial cards, a card for the funeral services of John F. Kennedy, and Hicks’s name clipped from the mailing envelope, showing how important he was to the president. Other items include a group of five photographs of JFK and the Honey Fitz yacht; a couple snapshots of Hicks; a shadowbox display of matchbooks from the Honey Fitz and Air Force One; a few official badges and blank pad of White House stationery; a group of yearbooks from the ships that Hicks served on; and various other ephemera. In overall fine condition.
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President Eisenhower’s personally-owned and -worn dark brown Type A-2 leather flight jacket from World War II, size 42, featuring four-star epaulettes on the shoulders. The tag inside the neck area does not indicate a manufacturer, reading: “Type A-2 / Drawing No. 30-1415 / A. A. F. Contract / No. W535-AC-27753 / Property / Air Forces, U. S. Army.” An inspection stamp to the right of the tags is faded but visible. All markings are of the appropriate manufacture dates or delivery timeframe. The jacket has a brass Conmar zipper, brown stitching for the jacket, and olive drab stitching for the four-star epaulette patches. The pockets feature rounded lower corners and an angular flap.
Includes a detailed letter of significant provenance on White House letterhead signed by Delores Moaney, the Eisenhower family’s cook and the widow of Sgt. John Moaney. Her husband had served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s close personal valet from 1942 until the president’s death in 1969. In part: “This World War II leather jacket was worn by General Eisenhower while he was a four-star General from early 1943 until December 1944…My husband, Sgt. John Moaney was Valet to the General and President from 1942 until Ike’s death in 1969. He was with the General throughout the War years and traveled many miles with him…When the General no longer wanted this leather jacket, he gave it to my husband. After my husband’s death, I kept it in my personal possession.” Also includes additional pieces of important provenance consisting of a typed White House card signed by Mrs. Moaney, briefly outlining the same details, as well as four modern prints of photos showing John Moaney with Eisenhower, and nearly 100 very interesting and unique original black and white candid photos, mainly of workers at the White House, with several picturing Ike and Mamie Eisenhower, and a few picturing Sgt. John Moaney.
The epaulettes decisively date the jacket to between February 11, 1943, and December 20, 1944, the period during which Eisenhower was considered a four-star general; it is most likely that this jacket was issued just a bit earlier, with new star patches sewn to the epaulettes as he advanced in rank. Most importantly, it was during this time that Eisenhower planned Operation Overlord, leading the Allied forces in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day—June 6, 1944. As an iconic World War II leather jacket owned and worn by General Eisenhower during the most crucial period of the war, still in excellent condition for its age, this is an artifact of ultimate historical interest and significance. A quintessential military and presidential relic to say the least.
Bidding for the Auction opens Sep 11, 2014 & ends Sep 16, 2014
Considered by many the most important and monetarily valuable Rolex wristwatch, here offered is Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1951 18K iconic yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust reference 6305 chronometer on a matching 18K Jubilee bracelet with deployment clasp, presented to General Eisenhower by Rolex to celebrate the production of their 150,000th watch to obtain ‘Official Chronometer’ certification, and to recognize the general’s great achievements in World War II. Rolex employed a highly skilled artist in Switzerland to accomplish Ike’s requested engraving on the watch-back and clasp, in both places inscribing his initials, “DDE,” and on the watch-back adding the five-star general insignia and date that NATO appointed him as Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, “12-19-1950.” Dwight D. Eisenhower frequently wore this watch throughout his tenure in presidential office, 1953-1961, and it is accompanied by an unparalleled offering of corroborating information, documentation, and many desirable photographs of Eisenhower wearing this Rolex.
Bidding for the Auction opens Sep 11, 2014 & ends Sep 17, 2014
Souvenir Order removed from one of Eisenhower’s limited edition Crusade in Europe books, 5.75 x 9, of General Dwight Eisenhower’s Order of the Day on June 6, 1944, delivered upon the D-Day invasion of France. The order reads, in part: “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you…But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned!” Signed at the conclusion in black ink by Eisenhower. Matted and framed with a portrait of Eisenhower at his desk to an overall size of 19.5 x 16.5. In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Vintage matte-finish 16.5 x 11.25 photo of Eisenhower and his cabinet, taken on May 10, 1957, and affixed to its original 19.5 x 15.75 mount, signed on the mount in black ink by Dwight D. Eisenhower, Wilton B. Persons, Henry Cabot Lodge, Fred A. Seaton, George M. Humphrey, Richard Nixon, Herbert Brownell, Jr., Sinclair Weeks, Marion B. Folsom, Val Peterson, Percival Brundage, Gordon Gray, James P. Mitchell, Arthur E. Summerfield, John Foster Dulles, Chalres E. Wilson, Ezra Taft Benson, Maxwell M. Rabb, and Sherman Adams. Framed to an overall size of 21 x 17. In very good to fine condition, with some scattered light silvering and spotting to image, a few fingerprints and toning to mount, and Peterson’s signature. Eisenhower’s cabinet was notable for its lack of experienced administrators and personal friends. A presentable oversized portrait of Eisenhower’s eclectic confidants. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.