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    With the possible exception of his cigarette holder, no personal accessory could be more closely identified with this beloved president, as so many of the photos of FDR show him wearing his style of hat.  Accompanying the hat is an original 1940 wire photo of him wearing a virtually identical hat.  The present example was personally crafted for Roosevelt by Dunlap of New York, and the leather sweat band is stamped "FDR" and "Littler Seattle" in gold lettering.  The hat is in gorgeous pristine condition. 

    This hat was given to Irineo Esperancilla, the President's valet, in the early 1940's.  According to a handwritten 1984 letter from his widow, the hat was worn on a campaign trip.  But, she writes, "The First Lady did not like this particular hat, so to keep FDR from wearing it again she gave it to my husband."

    Also included is a copy of a 1955 letter to Esperancilla from the President's chief naval aide, written on the occasion of his retirement.  The letter commends him for outstanding service to four presidents and notes that "(his service record...does not fully give (him) full justice for the many unwritten talents contributed by (him)" in his service to Hoover, FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower.  The lot also includes a snapshot of Mrs. Esperancilla with the hat, as she was writing her letter of provenance.

    A wonderful and beautifully documented FDR artifact!  Please note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, additional shipping costs may apply.

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    July, 2004
    29th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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