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    Magnificent President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Pocket Watch A magnificent relic of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His high-quality, repeater gold pocket watch with his engraved initials "FDR," and a portrait of Eleanor in the back case. It comes with incredible provenance, including having originated from his son, Jimmy Roosevelt, and having been sold at Sotheby's. This was undoubtedly one of his favorites, and probably used by him during some of the most important events of the 20th century. Thirty-second President (1933-1945). Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by Wilson, he later contracted polio. While Governor of New York, he announced his candidacy for President, which he won easily. His fireside chats assured a worried nation, and his "alphabet soup" programs tried to restore the economy. During his unprecedented four terms, he declared war on Japan and Germany after Pearl Harbor, but died a month before victory. The watch is a beautiful gold quarter repeating hunter cased watch, by Audemars Freres, gilt lever movement, push repeat, gold cuvette, part engine-turned dial, arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, rayed-case (worn) engraved with the "FDR" monogram. This watch was part of a Sotheby's sale held in October of 1988, and was consigned to Sotheby's by James Roosevelt, the eldest son of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This is certainly one of the most personal relics of FDR ever offered. Besides the intimate association value, the watch is a highly sought-after and fully working example.



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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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