Description

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Personal Monogrammed Handkerchief.
    -Early to mid-1940s. 19" x 19" (unfolded).
    -Very fine.

    FDR presented this monogrammed handkerchief to his White House valet, Arthur S. Prettyman. Included is a TLS, dated January 17, 1983, from Mrs. Prettyman, who writes [in part]: "Being the Valet to President Roosevelt was grueling work. There was so little that the President could do for himself physically, that a Valet had to do much heavy lifting and fetching and carrying. Everything the President did which involved the bedroom and/or bath required the assistance of a Valet. / My husband, Arthur Prettyman loved FDR. The President teased him about having a pretty face-like his name, and called him a 'lady killer.' When FDR died on April 12, 1945, it was my husband and Dr. Bruenn who carried him to his bed in Warm Springs. The great loss haunted Arthur until his death of a heart attach [sic] in 1957. He had served President Roosevelt as his valet since 1939." A rare FDR-owned item in very fine condition.


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    2nd Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,114

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 26 days left to consign to the 2018 March 25 - 26 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,738,582