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    This colorful art deco-style item is especially appealing as it features a cigarette in a holder.  Sewn into the back of the tie is a personal label, with "Roosevelt" in red letters.  Smoking a cigarette in a holder was an FDR trademark for which he was often caricatured.  It is easy to imagine this tie as a tongue-in-cheek gift from an associate.

    Provenance is documented by a handwritten 1990 note, on a card with Presidential Seal and "The White House, Washington," from Mrs. L. Esperancilla.  She was the widow of Isineo Esperancella, who was one of FDR's valets, and who served American presidents from 1927 until his retirement in 1955.  Length 44", 4 1/4" width at its widest point. 

    Just a super FDR item, in beautiful condition.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2004
    29th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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