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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Monogrammed Dress Shirt.
    -Slightly dingy with slight fraying at the neck and cuffs, a small stain, and with a couple of replaced buttons, else very good.

    An incredible offering in the form of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's monogrammed dress shirt. This white cotton dress shirt custom made by the Geo. B. Smith Company of Worcester, Massachusetts was owned and worn by FDR during his stays at his Campobello Island retreat. The shirt has a seven-button front and is complete with the ornately-monogrammed initials "FDR" in blue thread on the left sleeve near the cuff. Some wear typical of use at the bottom and inside of the collar, a few scattered small stains, overall very good condition. This fabulous personal item of FDR was obtained from the estate of Edgar and Anna McGowan, both of whom served the Roosevelt family at Campobello until the mid-1950s, with Edgar serving as Groundskeeper at the compound, and Anna as head of the household staff. After Anna's death at Campobello in 1955, the items remained with her family until sold at auction in early 2000. Provenance includes a copy of a Notice of Probate issued by the law firm of [Basil] O'Connor & Farber, New York, May 17, 1945 concerning FDR's estate, mentioning Anna McGowan as a beneficiary in FDR's Last Will and Testament. A very personal and quite rare FDR memento.


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    December, 2008
    2nd Tuesday
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