Theodore Roosevelt Collectibles And Memorabilia

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2015-06-26 10:26:36

Theodore Roosevelt Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the 26th president of the United States.

Brief history/biography

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27th, 1858 and died on January 6th, 1919. "Teddy" became the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909 when President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901; (Roosevelt was serving as Vice President at the time).

Many have declared Theodore Roosevelt as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents in the history of the United States thanks to his accomplishments in "trust busting" and conservationism.

Types of memorabilia

Photographs

Christie's in New York sold a signed photograph of Roosevelt as the New York Assemblyman (circa 1884) for $7,768 in October of 2002, a signed portrait photograph of Roosevelt (circa 1906) for $23,500 in February of 2001, another signed photograph of Roosevelt (circa 1905) for $36,800 in December of 1999, and a signed photograph of Roosevelt and his Cabinet by Harris & Ewing for $22,325 in March of 2002.

Documents

Pook & Pook, Inc. in Downington, Pennsylvania sold a signed type letter written by Roosevelt from the Headquarters of the second Cavalry Division's Brigade camp (circa 1898) for $22,000 in January of 2010.

Swann Auction Galleries in New York sold a signed letter written by Roosevelt to E. E. Garrison (circa 1901) for $7,500 in April of 2006.

Freeman's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold an autographed manuscript signed by Roosevelt (circa 1918) for $21,000 in October of 2007.

Geppi's Memorabilia Road Show in Timonium, Maryland sold a signed letter by Roosevelt concerning the Spanish-American War (circa 1908) for $14,000 in October of 2005.

Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, New York sold a copy of Big Game Hunting which was signed by Roosevelt for $5,000 in May of 2008.

Items sold by the auction house Christie's include:

  • a letter signed by Roosevelt to Major Rock H. Channing (circa 1918) for $46,000 in December of 1999
  • a signed letter written by Roosevelt to Dr. Lyman Abbott (circa 1904) for $9,400 in March of 2002
  • a signed letter written by Roosevelt (circa 1901) for $21,150 in March of 2002
  • a signed letter written by Roosevelt to Captain John G. Bourke (circa 1893) for $9,400 in March of 2002
  • a signed letter written by Roosevelt on White House stationery to Claude E. Swanson (circa 1937) for $8,050 in June of 1993
  • three typed letters written by Roosevelt to Major General Sir Reginald Wingate and Colonel J.J. Asser (circa 1908/09) for $11,950 in October of 2002
  • a letter signed by Roosevelt to New York Congressman Lucius Littauer (circa 1901) for $17,925 in October of 2002, another signed letter written by Roosevelt to Oscar King David (circa 1915) for $14,100 in March of 2002, a signed letter by Roosevelt to Michael Schapp, the Progressive Delegate to the New York State Assembly (circa 1913) for $20,700 in May of 1994
  • three typed manuscripts constituting the acceptance of his Presidential nomination for $65,725 in October of 2002
  • a signed manuscript concerning the draft review essay of Sir Harry Johnston's book The Negro in the New World (circa 1910) for $26,400 in November of 2005
  • a letter signed by Roosevelt to William Turdor (circa 1989) for $25,300 in December of 1999
  • a typed manuscript as well as two pages from a campaign speech that Roosevelt carried in his pocket when he was shot on October 14th, 1912 (the letters also have a bullet hole in the pages) for $42,000 in November of 2005
  • a signed letter by Roosevelt with three illustrations to his son Archibald Bulloch (circa 1907) for $76,375 in March of 2002
  • a signed letter by Roosevelt to E. A. Valkenburg of The North American (circa 1916) for $30,550 in March of 2002
  • a signed letter by Roosevelt which was written on White House stationery to Elizabeth E. Marshall (circa 1904) for $28,800 in November of 2006
  • two signed letters by Roosevelt to Major General Frank R. McCoy (circa 1941 and 1942) for $37,600 in March of 2002

Awards

North River Auction Gallery in Saugerties, New York sold a Roughriders Presentation trophy which was given to Roosevelt for $6,000 in February of 2007.

Hermann Historica GmbH in Munich, Germany sold a Presidential seal given to Roosevelt for €9,600 in October of 2006.

Sports-related items

Sotheby's in New York sold a baseball that was signed by Roosevelt months before his death (circa 1918) for $17,250 in December of 2004.

Guide for collectors

Letters that were written by Roosevelt and discuss certain important and/or iconic events in American history are considered to be the most rare and valuable, and letters that were written by Roosevelt on official White House stationery also drives up the value of the item as well.

Restoration of a letter written by Roosevelt is not recommended.

For more information on where to find Theodore Roosevelt memorabilia, visit www.loriferber.com or www.theodoreroosevelt.org.

 

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