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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Personally-Owned Leather Briefcase. Foldover leather briefcase with two securing straps, brass buckles and lock. There are four compartments and two inner sleeves. It was manufactured by Washek and patented on July 20, 1921. The interior of the flap is gold-stamped "Franklin D. Roosevelt". The lettering is rather worn, but legible. The underside of the brass lock is marked: "Aug. Goertz & Co., Inc. Newark, N.J. Design. Pat. Apld. For. Mashek, Chicago". The briefcase was found in an Albany house which had belonged to Bernadette Lahan-Lynch who worked for FDR prior to his being elected President. It may have been used during the 1921-1929 period when FDR was a practicing attorney, more likely, during his term as Governor of New York. A letter to a previous owner from the FDR Library at Hyde Park confirmed that FDR owned similar leather goods which he was in the habit of having his initials or full name stamped in gold. It was also typical for FDR or Mrs. Roosevelt to give used items such as this to friends, neighbors and employees. The briefcase is in good, sound condition, showing normal age and character.

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    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
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