Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    FDR Embossed Handkerchief Secret Service Agent Robert Simmons served President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II until his death in office in 1945. One of Simmons' last duties for the Roosevelt administration was apparently that of cleaning out FDR's desk following his passing. This approximately 20" square white on white linen handkerchief was placed in a White House envelope by Simmons along with the notation "Handkerchief FDR left in his desk" in Simmons' hand. A copy of a letter thanking Simmons for his service signed by Truman, with an added note from Simmon's grandson, recounts this story. A personal FDR 1945 item of historical significance.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 385

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Jun 22, 2005 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 16 days left to consign to the 2022 January 8 Featuring The Michael Ward Collection of Western Americana & Political Signature® Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search