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White House Gift Shop Official Annual Ornament Collection, often called the Secret Service Series for 24 years (1991-Present), with the 2013 Blair House Set in 1950 as the current piece in this collection.

From the only original, authorized White House Gift Shop, Est 1946 by permanent order of President H. S. Truman.



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2012 White House Ornament, #22 in Collection, Honors the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine One Squadron & Secret Service, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Makers of Official Orrnament 1999 White House Ornament, #9 in Series, The North Portico, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers 2005 White House Ornament, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, #15 in Series, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
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Marine One Ornament North Portico Ornament Eisenhower Executive Office Building Ornament
Marine One is sometimes the preferred alternative to motorcades which can be expensive and logistically difficult. The controlled environment of a helicopter adds greatly to the safety factor, as well. Marine One is also used to transport Cabinet staff and international dignitaries.

More than 800 Marines supervise the operation of of the Marine One fleet which is based in Quantico, Virginia, but is more often seen on the South Lawn of the White House or at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland. At Andrews, Marine One is sometimes used to connect to Air Force One for longer Presidential journeys. Wherever Marine One flies, it is met on the ground by at least one Marine in full dress uniform (most often two with one acting as an armed guard). Marine aviators flying Marine One do not wear regular flight suits during flights but rather the Marine Blue Dress Charlie/Delta uniform. Marine One is always transported (as is the president's limousine) wherever the president travels both within the United States and also overseas. At a presidential inauguration, the Marines offer a flight to the outgoing president from the Capitol to Andrews Air Force Base. Be sure to see our 2013 Air Force One in 3-D, the companion ornament to the 2012 Marine One.


THE NORTH PORTICO of THE WHITE HOUSE

The Portico on the north side of the White House was added in 1820 during the administration of President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States. Visiting Heads-of-State from around the world arrive at this entrance to the White House. The Dignitaries are greeted by the President and First Lady before attending State Dinners that are held in their honor.

After visitors have toured the interior of the White House, they exit through the north doorway of the North Portico.

THE EISENHOWER EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING, #15 in Collection

Next door to the White House, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural heritage. Designed by Supervising Architect of the Treasure, Alfred B. Mullen, the EEOB was from 1871 to 1888 to house the growing staff of the State, War, and Navy Departments. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is considered one of the best examples of French Second Empire architecture in the United States. In bold contrast to many of the somber classical revival buildings in Washington, the EEOB's ornately elegant style epitomizes the optimism and exuberance of the of the Post-Civil War period in America.

In addition to the Vice President's office in the West Wing of the White House, the Vice President and his staff maintain a set of offices in the EEOB, which is located next to the West Wing on the White House premises.

2009 White House Ornament, #19 in Series, Lincoln Bicentennial, 24 KT Gold Plated, Commemorates Feb 12, 1809 BirthdayHandmade in the USA 2008 White House Ornament, #18 in Series, THE WHITE HOUSE CRECHE, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers 1995, White House Ornament, #5 in Series, WHITE HOUSE DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
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Lincoln Bicentennial Ornament White House Creche Ornament Diplomatic Reception Room Ornament


THE WHITE HOUSE CRECHE

Since 1967, the White House "Creche" has been the centerpiece of the East Room. Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard Jr. of Far Hills, New Jersey, gave the "Creche" to the White House as a gift. The 47 baroque figures in the crèche are made of carved wood and terra cotta, created in Naples, Italy in the late 18-th century. Mrs. Englehard donated 10 additional figures and funds for a new tableau which was first displayed n 1999. This is an exceptional ornament with a 24KT gold finished frame and the White House Creche recessed for great visual effect.

THE DILOMATIC RECEPTION ROOM

Originally used as a dining hall for servants n the early 1880's, the room was converted to the furnace and boiler room in the 1840's. Architect Charles McKim, during President Theodore Roosevelt's renovation envisioned this room with the broken plaster, dank concrete floor, and protruding furnace pipes, as an elegant oval receiving room, the Diplomatic Reception Room. On January 8, 1903, the room was employed for its first official function. Later, Franklin Roosevelt broadcast his famous fireside chats via radio from this room. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy retrieved the wall covering from the Old Stoner Mansion in Thurmont, Maryland. The wall paper printed in 1834 in Paris, France was titled "Scenic America" and depicts life in America as viewed by Europeans in the early 1800s. This is an exceptional ornament which commemorates and exception White House room and those who helped transformed a broken plaster and dank concrete floor room into the exquisite room now known, worldwide, by dignitaries and guests as the Diplomatic Reception Room.



2004 White House Ornament, #14 in Series, THE EAST WING DOORS TO JACQUELINE KENNEDY GARDEN, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Makers of Official Ornament 1996, WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENT, ON A STARRY NIGHT, #6 in Series, Secret Service Stars, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers 2007 White House Ornament, #7 in Series, AMERICA'S NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
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On a Starry Night Ornament America's Christmas Tree Ornament

THE EAST WING

The first decorations viewed by tour groups in the East Wing are a sleigh filled with presents and trees adorned with festive ornaments. They are placed near the double doors that lead into the Jacqueline Kennedy garden. The East Wing was added to the White House in 1942 during World War II and was used as office space for the military. Today, there is still office space for the military, and the Wing also serves as office space for the First Lady's staff, Social Office, the Visitors office, the President's theater, and the East Colonnade. Visitors touring the White House enter through the east entrance and follow the East Colonnade past the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden to enter the Residence to rooms on the Ground and State Floors. Our ornaments are prized by collectors, traders, and given as gifts, worldwide, for their beauty as well as the historical stories embedded within form and content of these beautiful annual White House ornaments.

The 1996 White House ornament derived Impressionistic inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's STARRY NIGHT, a little known fact about the design of this 24KT gold finished piece.
THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

In November, 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a Christmas tree on the Ellipse south of the White House. The organizers named the tree the "National Christmas Tree." From 1924 to 1953, live trees in various locations around and on the White House grounds were lit on Christmas Eve. In 195, the ceremony returned to the Ellipse with an expanded focus. Local civic and business groups created the "Christmas Pageant of Peace." Smaller live trees representing the 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia, formed a "Pathway of Peace." Central to the season's celebration is the living National Christmas Tree, a Colorado blue spruce from York, Pennsylvania, planted on the ellipse on October 20, 1978.

2011 White House Ornament Collection,THE WHITE HOUSE & WREATH, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by the Official Ornament Makers 1997 White House Ornament, #7 in Series, THE WEST WING RECEPTION ROOM, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers 1998 White House Ornament, #8 in Series, Steinway Piano in Entrance & Cross Hall with Portrait of President Kennedy, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
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The West Wing Reception with Full-Dress Marine Corps Support

In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt set in place a plan to alleviate crowded conditions for the presidential Executive Offices. Within six months, the complex of greenhouses that had been built beginning in 1857 were removed, and the new office facility known as the West Wing was built. Although the interior has undergone several renovations, the exterior had remained architecturally unchanged, with the exception of adding the second floor in 1934. The West Wing now holds the Oval Office of the President, the Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room, the Press Room, and an office for the Vice President. President Richard Nixon requested that the United States Marine Corps provide full-dress support at the entrance of the West Wing Reception Lobby. The 1997 White House Gift Shop official annual ornament is an exceptionally fine piece with its articulated design and its enamel blues, greens, whites, reds, 24KT gold trim, the West Wing holidays and Christmas tree, and two full-dress Marines.

The 1998 White House Ornament features the large Entrance Hall and Cross Hall which were part of James Hoban's original design for the White House. The design of the hall has not been altered throughout the years at the White House, although marble walls and floors were added to the Cross Hall during the Truman renovation. The Entrance Hall is still used as a reception area and is seen by visitors as they leave the White House. The portrait of President John F. Kennedy on display in the Entrance Hall was painted by Aaron Shikler in 1970.

The Steinway Grand Piano, designed by Eric Gugler, was donated to the White House in 1938 by Steinway and is decorated with gilt stenciling by Dunbar Beck. This piano is often referred to as the Truman piano because of his passion for playing it. This piano is still in use for performances in the White House.

2002 Ornament, #12 in Series, WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Makers of Official Ornaments 2001 White House Ornament, #11 in Series, STATE DINING ROOM, CHRISTMAS, PRESIDENT LINCOLN PORTRAIT, 24 KT Gold Plated, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers 1992 White House Ornament, THE BUSH OVAL OFFICE, #2 in Series, Handmade in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
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The East Room

The East Room was designed to serve as the Public Audience Room. Abigail Adams used the room to hang her laundry to dry. The East Room was also used by President Lincoln to house union troops during the Civil War. But it was President Teddy Roosevelt who added some unusual activities to the East room including a wrestling march to entertain some 50 to 60 guests. The room was also used by President Roosevelt's children for roller-skating. Seven presidents have lain in state in the East Room including President John F. Kennedy. Today, the East Room is used for bill-signing ceremonies, entertainment that follows a state dinner, and for the President to host various groups visiting the White House. The East Room also displays the portrait of President George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart. It is the only object known to have remained in the White House since 1800 -- This is the painting Dolly Madison received when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812.

The beauty of this piece is perhaps in its calm and oval design, redolent not only of the Oval Office but of presidential and State Department diplomatic successes in American-Soviet relations during 1991 and 1992.

With its calm blues, browns, and golden hues, our 1992 Oval Office ornament reflects key diplomatic successes: Indeed, on January 26, Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons. The positive psychological effect of Yeltsin's announcement was mutual relief for all Americans and Russians who lived through the “duck and cover” days of the Cold War era (often dated from 1947 to 1991) during which MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction was the primary strategic deterrent to the threat of horrific nuclear war.

President George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) occupied the Oval Office when this ornament was created. President Bush served as the 41st President of the United States (1989–1993). A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989), a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest former President and Vice President, and the last former President who is a veteran of World War II. Foreign policy drove the Bush presidency: military operations in Panama and the Persian Gulf; the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and the Soviet Union dissolved two years later.

1994, #4 in Series, THE WHITE HOUSE, U.S. CAPITOL, SECRET SERVICE STARS, 24 KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers 2006 White House Ornament, SYMBOLS OF THE PRESIDENCY: PRESIDENTIAL SEAL, SECRET SERVICE STAR, AIR FORCE ONE, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in the USA by Makers of Official Ornament 2003 White House Ornament, #13 in Series, NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Maker of Official Ornaments
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An exceptionally delightful piece, 24KT gold finished, brilliant enamels, handmade in the USA by the makers of the official White House ornaments, boxed, and 1st time officially available since 2003.  Special Note:  We have not authorized any other store, online or offline, to sell our ornaments, Easter eggs, or other gifts and collectibles.  The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent presidential memorandum of President Harry S. Truman and is the authentic source for White House, Presidential, and Diplomatic gifts and collectibles for over 70 years.  The 2013 ornament in our collection is Blair House, honoring the officers of the Uniformed Division of United States Secret Service.
2013 White House Ornament (often called Secret Service Series by collectors), BLAIR HOUSE IN 1950, HONORS HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE POLICE, 23rd in White House Gift Shop's Annual Ornament Collection, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers 2005 White House Ornament, #15B in Series, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers 2010 White House Ornament, The Blue Room Chrisrmas Tree, 24KT Gold Plated, Made in the USA by Official Ornament Makers
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The 2013 Blair House ornament honors past and present service to the President by the men and women of the WHITE HOUSE POLICE, EST. 1922 -- now the Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service.

Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, this organization was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president's residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area.

Blair House, since 1826, is the official state guest house for the President of the United States.

The Blair House ornament depicts the year 1950 at Christmastime when President Harry S. Truman resided at Blair House and features a White House Police Officer standing guard.

The Blair House ornament also honors the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt who was an officer of the White House Police Force.


In 2005, we issued two ornaments: Support Our Troops (this one) and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Ornament (also available in this section of the White House Gift Shop).  The 2005 Support Our Troops ornament was created to honor those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.<BR><BR>

The 2010 White House Ornament captures the view of the Christmas tree that is placed in the Blue Room from the North Cross Hall. On the right side of the Blue Room doors is the President's flag and of the left side is the American flag. Above the doorway is the Seal of the President of the United States.

The tree is selected each year by way of a contest. The First Lady is presented with the Official White House Christmas Tree. The 2009 tree came from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The 18.5 foot Douglas fir arrived on the traditional horse drawn carriage to the North Portico of the White House.

1993 White House Ornament, THE BLUE ROOM, #3 in Series, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers 1991, White House Ornament, 1st in Series, The White House in 1899 on New Year's Eve 1900, Handmade in USA by Official Makers 2000 White House Ornament, #10 in Sequence, WHITE HOUSE 1800 - 2000, Brilliant 24KT Gold Finished, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers, Start or Complete Your Quarter of a Century Special Collection
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The Blue Room

The Blue Room is located in the center of the State Floor of the White House. The President uses the Blue Room to receive many of his guests, from foreign heads of state to members of Congress. Originally decorated in red, blue was selected as the color for the drapes, upholstery, and carpet during an 1837 refurbishing under President Martin Van Buren. Blue walls were introduced in 1902. It has since been redecorated, but has always maintained its famous blue color scheme. During the holidays, the Blue Room is the location of the official White House’s Christmas tree.

THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE EVE OF THE TURN OF A CENTURY, 1899, the design of which was influenced by the art of Norway during the European art period as seen by the point and angle-of-view as well as through the arrangement of the procession of carriages and people.

The 1991 ornament is a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors who value the historical and often artistically referential nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring 24KT gold finishing, beautifully baked enamels, historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of time, and handmade, always, only by the official ornament makers.

One of the most costly ornaments to create with its full and extensive 24KT gold finish. Our annual White House ornaments may vary in price based on the cost of gold at the time of production.
2013 White House Ornament, 23rd in Series, BLAIR HOUSE 1950, Honors the History of the Uniformed Division of Secret Service, Includes Lapel Pin 2013 White House Ornament, 1st in Honoring Military Services Series, Air Force One, 3-D, 24KT Gold Finished, Made in USA by Official Ornament Makers, Date on Underbelly 2013 White House Ornament, BLAIR HOUSE in 1950: HONORING HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE POLICE, Group of 5 Individually Boxed Ornaments, Handmade in USA by Official Ornament Makers
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Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, this organization was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president's residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area.

Blair House, since 1826, is the official state guest house for the President of the United States.

The Blair House ornament depicts the year 1950 at Christmastime when President Harry S. Truman resided at Blair House and features a White House Police Officer standing guard.

The Blair House ornament also honors the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt who was an officer of the White House Police Force.



Our 2013 White House Gift Shop's official HONORING MILITARY SERVICES annual ornament honors the men and women of Air Force One and the United States Air Force for service to the President and America. The Air Force One is the 1st of a permanent new series; thus, is a chance to begin a new 3-D Holiday and Christmas ornament and model collection that commemorates icons of Military Service as well as in future years key moments in American military history.

Each year, we will create a new ornament for this series. Next year's ornament will be a diorama-like commemorative of a key moment in the history of the United States Army

FEATURES:

* 24KT plating on premium brass handmade construction, 3-D superstructure, seven color baked enamel, intricate ornament construction, is Handmade in the USA by master American ornament and toy makers who also make the official White House Annual Tree Ornament

* The Air Force One is both hangable from its gold cord (as on a tree) and also standable (as on a desk, table, or display shelf)

* Classic centuries-old ornament and toy making design and methods -- note merely an inexpensive molded plastic model of Air Force One but a classic piece with intentional contours, angles, and heirloom tin toy collectability -- homage, as well, to the history of American toy makers across the centuries.

AIR FORCE ONE:

Air Force One is one of the most recognizable symbols of the presidency with symbolic presence not just in American culture but across the world with now iconic colors selected by former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Blair House ornament depicts Blair House in the year 1950 at Christmastime when President Harry S. Truman resided at Blair House and features a White House Police Officer standing guard.

The Blair House 2013 ornament honors the White House Police and the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt who was an officer of the White House Police Force.

Officer Coffelt was killed while defending President Truman against an armed assassination attempt outside of Blair House on November 1, 1950.

1991-2014 Ornaments, Complete Official White House GS Ornament Collection, 24 Years & 25 Ornaments Spanning a Quarter Century, 24KT Gold Plated on Premium Brass, New Ornament Added in June of Each Year, Handmade in USA 1991-2013 White House Ornaments Collection, Complete 24 Year & 25 Ornament Set, 24KT Gold Finished Ornaments, Made in USA by Official Ornament Makers
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Deal of the Day Price: $285.00
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Each year, we design and commission a new ornament in the White House Gift Shop annual Holidays & Christmas Ornament Collection, often referred to by serious collectors as the Secret Service series for 25 years because of the Secret Service & White House Police origin of this exceptional set in 1991. Our newest ornament in this historic ornament collection will be available in June 2014. This series is prized, worldwide, for its beauty, meticulous handmade in the USA qualities including 24KT gold finishing, premium brass, brilliant baked enamels, historical ornament themes, and heirloom qualities now appreciated by over three generations of America families, friends of America, diplomats, and as annual symbols of your government or military service past or present. The next ornament in this series will be available by June 15, 2014 and features a key moment in American history and the President who met the challenges of the times with vision, purpose, resolve, and successes as the principal leader of the Free World. You won't want to miss the 2014 special Presidential commemorative!

The entire collection is shown in the ornament and model collage -- 24 years of history in 25 individual boxes including the 2014 White House ornament in 3-D, finished entirely in 24KT gold, all made in the USA by the official ornament makers. Historical information cards included with each individually boxed ornament. A new White House, Presidential, or Historically themed ornament is added each year.





By supporter request, we are pleased to offer the complete 24 year and 25 Holidays and Christmas Ornament Collection, 1991-2013, with one new ornament added each year of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 at special pricing (prized and often called the Secret Service Series by collectors, worldwide).

The entire collection you will receive is shown in the ornament and model collage -- 24 years of history in 25 individual boxes including in this option the 2013 AIR FORCE ONE from the HONORING MILITARY SERVICES COLLECTION -- NEW FOR THIS YEAR (the other option in the ornament department includes the 2014 Architecture Series with the 2014 White House, 4-D, finished entirely in 24KT gold, as the bonus collection ornament or model option).

This special offer is available only through December 18th.

Each piece in your exquisite collection is handmade by the makers of the White House Official Annual Holidays and Christmas ornaments in Rhode Island, USA, based on designs, now, by Giannini for the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946: Serving patriotic Americans and global friends of America for over 70 years!

All ornaments are 24KT gold finished, premium brass, baked enamels, and all handmade in the USA by the makers of the official White House Annual Holidays and Christmas ornaments.

The current 2013 White House Gift Shop official annual ornament is Blair House: Honoring the Men and Women of the Secret Service Uniformed Division, the History of the White House Police, and the supreme sacrifice of Officer Leslie William Coffelt of the White House Police.

Your complete collection includes the BONUS inclusion of the first ornament and model of our new annual HONORING MILITARY SERVICES COLLECTION -- the first collection piece of which is AIR FORCE ONE, 24KT gold finish, seven color baked enamels, and in subsequent years we will offer other significant icons of our Nation's Military Services in this new series with ever increasing design, substance, and sophistication -- next year is a highly sophisticated ornament/model depicting a key moment in the history of the United States Army.

All ornaments are individually boxed in 25 separate ornament boxes.




   
 
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