Mayflower with White House Pen
In September 1620, a merchant ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, a port on the southern coast of England carrying 102 passengers -- all hoping to start a new life in a new world. Today, we refer to these pioneer colonists as “Pilgrims." From 1620 to 1792 (the cornerstone setting of the White House) to our present day -- we honor America's Pilgrims and all American pioneers with this exceptional Mayflower & White House desktop pen set. The Mayflower set is hand-assembled in the USA and features perfect 24KT gold and silver plating. Includes the White House midnight blue lacquer executive pen. Beautifully packaged with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 official gold seal for distinguished gift-giving presence.


Obama Cufflinks
American Flag Cufflinks, Union Crest with Thirteen Stars, 24KT Gold Plated, USA, Includes Velvet Jewel Case with White House Seal on Inside Pane (not shown)

Presidential Eagle Cufflinks, 24KT Gold Plated, Seal Blue, Scalloped Edge, Protective Finish, USA, Includes Velvet Jewel Case with White House Seal on Inside Pane (not shown)
American Flag Cufflinks
EVEN BETTER THAN DESCRIBED!January 26, 2016
Reviewer: Matthew Martin from Covina, CA United States
These cufflinks are amazing! They're really gorgeous and attract lots of compliments. A really good value.


IMPRESSIVEDecember 30, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from SOUTH SALEM, NY United States
The cuff links are very good quality. My husband loves them and thinks they are a great gift.
President Lacquer Pen Set
The White House two piece roller ball pen with sleek black lacquer finish and 24K gold-plated trim has a sleek profile with a substantial presence and smooth black ink flow of a $120.00 or more pen with the added distinction of a White House Seal black and gold two piece presentation box. Uses standard medium point roller ball black ink refill cartridges.

President Obama & White House Cufflinks

Presidential Eagle Seal Cufflinks, 24KT Gold Plated, Sculpted on Cobalt Setting, USA, Jewel Case with Gold White House Seal on White Pane Inside

Presidential Eagle Cufflinks, 24KT Gold Plated, Seal Blue, Scalloped Edge, Protective Finish, USA, Jewel Case with Gold White House Seal on White Pane Inside




President & Whitre House Cufflinks
The White House Presidential Eagle Seal Cufflinks, 24KT Gold Finished, Sculpted, Multidimensional, Thirteen Stars, USA, Jewel Case with Gold White House Seal on White Pane Inside

Presidential Eagle Cufflinks, Sculpted, 24KT Gold Plated, Black Enamel Border and Setting, Jewel Case with Gold White House Seal on White Pane Inside






White House Official Architecture Ornaments

THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ORNAMENT & MODELS COLLECTION EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP®

Represented by the White House, United States Capitol, and the Supreme Court Ornaments and Models Collection

EXCLUSIVE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP®




The White House

3.25" x 2.75" x 2" and completely finished in 24KT gold, custom handmade in the USA by the official ornament makers, design by Giannini and includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity on 8.5" x 11" parchment paper frame-ready for display, collection, or gift giving value and meaning.



United States Capitol Building


The United States Capitol Building is completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum level quality, art deco proportioned, design by Giannini, and is meticulously handmade.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING

The United States Capitol building is symbolically and architecturally one of the most important architectures not only in America but also in the world. Often shown as a symbol of power, influence, authority, and gravity in times of national crises as the background of news broadcasts -- the United States Capitol building is synonymous with the legislative pulse of America. The Senate and the House of Representatives have forged the laws of our Nation in the great halls, corridors, and private rooms of the Capitol Building for more than two centuries. The Capitol building since 1793 was built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored, and stands as an architectural monument of freedom and democracy for America.
Dimensions: 4.5" x 1.5" x 2" (to peak of dome)

In 1791, President Washington chose the land, now the District of Columbia, as the nation’s capital. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French engineer, was charged to plan the new city of Washington. L'Enfant's eye was keen, for he envisioned the U.S. Capitol Building upon the brow of what was then called Jenkins' Hill -- a site that in L'Enfant's words, "A pedestal waiting for a monument." The Capitol Building, itself, was designed by Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician. The Capitol’s length, north to south, is 751 feet 4 inches; width is 350 feet; height to the top of the Statue of Freedom is 288 feet; the dome is an elegant articulation of 8,909,200 pounds of cast iron!

Standing atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., construction of the U.S. Capitol Building began in 1793, and is the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government -- the Congress of the United States. On September 18, 1793, President Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol building-- an exemplar 19th-century neoclassical architecture that evokes the principles and ideals guiding the Founding Fathers as they developed the new republic. Congress first met in the Capitol Building on November 17, 1800


United States Supreme Court Building

The United States Supreme Court Building is designed by Giannini to complement the look, size, and feel of the United States Capitol Building ornament. This exceptional heirloom is completely finished in 24KT gold on specially treated brass to museum level quality, art deco proportioned, and is meticulously handmade by the official White House ornament makersCertificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value. Includes a designer signed and personalized 8" x 10" parchment Certificate of Authenticity and Appreciation.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

Designed by architect Cass Gilbert (Gilbert's last major project; he died before the completion). The Supreme Court is four stories (92 ft.) above ground. The cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1932, and construction completed in 1935. It is located in Washington, D.C. at 1 First Street, NE, on the block immediately east of the United States Capitol. The Supreme Court Building has a neoclassical style and design.

The west facade of the building (the side which faces the Capitol) bears the motto "Equal Justice Under Law," while the east facade bears the motto "Justice, the Guardian of Liberty." It wasn’t until May 4, 1987, that the Supreme Court Building was designated a National Historic Landmark.

In 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to expand the Court. His proposal envisioned appointment of one additional justice for each incumbent justice who reached the age of 70 years 6 months and refused retirement, up to a maximum bench of 15 justices. Roosevelt had appointed seven justices..

Dimensions: 3" x 2.5" x 1.75" (Highest Point)

Organization of the United States Government into Three Branches

The Constitution of the United States organized the U.S. Government into three branches each of which is represented by the first three ornaments or desktop displays in the White House Gift Shop's National Architecture Collection with a new architecture commissioned each year.

  1. The Legislative Branch makes laws through the Congress of the United States
  2. The Executive Branch the President, Vice President, Cabinet
  3. The Judicial Branch hears, considers, and rules upon laws through the Supreme and other federal courts.

Complete 2016 White House and United States Military Ornaments and Commemorative Displays for 2016 from the Official White House Gift Shop

The first ornament of the White House Gift Shop was placed on the White House Tree on Christmas Eve, 1991 by an on-duty member of the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division. Three decades later, this collection often referred to as the original Secret Service collection by discerning collectors and gift givers is globally prized, traded, collected, displayed, and given one generation to the next.


6 Commemorative Displays and Ornaments Individually Boxed


ONLY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST. 1946®

THE COMPLETE SET OF 2016 OFFICIAL UNITED STATES MILITARY SERVICES COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAYS & ORNAMENTS and

THE 2016 OFFICIAL ORNAMENT AND COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAY OF THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP'S

GEORGE WASHINGTON: THE BADGE OF MERIT, ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART and WASHINGTON'S LIBERATION OF BOSTON IN 1776


Includes Six Year-Round White House Commemorative Display Stands and Six Ribbons for Your Christmas or Holiday Tree





2016 White House Gift Shop 29th Annual Ornament


GEORGE WASHINGTON

THE BADGE for MILITARY MERIT: ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART and WASHINGTON'S LIBERATION OF BOSTON on MARCH 17, 1776

with Washington's Liberation of Boston Visible in Background of Painting Commissioned by John Hancock



An Ornament with Included Ribbon and Also a Year-Round Commemorative with Included Complimentary Display


Historical Background to this Year's Commemorative Ornament and Display: The siege of Boston began on April 19, 1775, continued until March 17, 1776, and was the opening phase of the American Revolutionary War. In March 1776, General George Washington liberated Boston — shown in the background of the portrait, on-center, and a key theme of the 2016 ornament confluent with Washington's General Order of the Badge of Military Merit now known as the Order of the Purple Heart.





Design


The design of this year’s deeply symbolic American ornament features a motif from a White House mirror, an image of the painting of Washington commissioned by John Hancock then president of the Continental Congress. The painting depicts Washington’s liberation of Boston in 1776 (visible in the background). On the perimeter are the seals of the five active branches of military service, Washington's "Badge of Military Merit" now known as the Order of the Purple Heart, and an elegant border based on a mirror within the White House. Thus, the 2016 White House annual display and ornament represents Washington as General of the Continental Army, the origin of the Order of the Purple Heart in the Washington's creation of the Badge of Military Merit, Washington's liberation of Boston during the Revolutionary War in America's fight for independence, and the historical relationship of all five branches of military service to Washington. Bringing all these seemingly disparate symbols, themes, and moments in history into one commemorative design posed significant design challenges. We hope you will enjoy for many years to come this unique and one of a kind, limited edition, official ornament of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 now in its 70th anniversary year and created in its earliest form by permanent presidential memorandum.

On August 7,1782, Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, in his general orders announced the "Badge for Military Merit" comprised of a heart-shaped decoration of purple silk, edged with silver binding and stitched with the word Merit in silver upon its face. Washington's "Purple Heart" was awarded to only three soldiers for "singularly meritorious action." Moreover, the wearer of the badge was permitted to pass guards and sentinels "without challenge." Following the Revolutionary War, Washington's purple heart was largely forgotten and its official registry, "The Book of Merit" was lost.

In 1927, General Summerall, Army Chief of Staff, submitted an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to revive the Merit Badge. General Douglas MacArthur, however, took the cause to reinstate the medal for the bicentennial of George Washington's 200th birthday with success: On February 22, 1932, the U.S. War Department created the "Order of the Purple Heart" with new features including a bust of Washington and his coat of arms.

The Order of the Purple Heart with its unique provenance is the oldest decoration for military merit and is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been killed, wounded in action against an enemy, or who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war.

Features

100% handcrafted in the USA by the official White House ornament makers, emblems of all five service branches, an image of Washington's original Badge of Merit, an image of a painting of Washington commissioned by John Hancock (with the liberation of Boston visible in background) when he was Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, hand over his heart, full color perfectly baked enamels,elegant frame and border based on White House interior and mirror designs, a history card, purple and gold embossed gift box, engraved excerpt on reverse from Washington's original General Order creating the Badge of Military Merit, and completely finished in 24-karat gold on nickel plated premium brass for timeless display, collection value, gift giving, and heirloom traditions. Approximately 3.4" x 3"

Includes a personalized, numbered, designer hand-signed certificate of authenticity of White House Gift Shop origin, and measures approximately 3.4" x 3".




White House The Red Room


THE ROOMS OF THE WHITE HOUSE is ONE OF THE CENTRAL AND EXCLUSIVE OFFICIAL COLLECTIONS OF THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST. 1946

The Red Room is the Seventh Room of the Ongoing "Rooms" Series with One Room Added Once or Twice Each Year


The Red Room traditionally has served as a parlor or sitting room; recent Presidents have had small dinner parties here. During the Madison administration, the room became Dolley Madison's famous salon. A sunflower yellow, not red, dominated the room's décor. During John Tyler's administration, this room became the "Washington Parlor," when the large Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, now in the East Room, was displayed here at that time. Yellow dominated the color scheme until 1845, when President and Mrs. Polk furnished the room with a dark crimson French Antique style suite and a ruby carpet. Soon the "Washington Parlor" became the "Red Room." The Rooms of the White House Ornament Collection from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 are architecturally correct interior dioramas of the White House Rooms. These exceptional collectibles and gifts are handcrafted in Rhode Island, USA, by the official ornament makers, are completely finished in 24KT gold on premium brass with exquisitely baked enamels, and include an informational history card for each piece in this exceptional new White House Collection. The White House Rooms available include the Oval Office, the State Dining Room, the Blue Room, the Green Room, the Red Room, and the East Room with many more rooms to come!



1991 White House Ornament

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 White House ornament was first placed on the Christmas tree in the White House by a member of the Uniformed Division of Secret Service and is now a treasured heirloom, worldwide, by collectors and traders who value the historical and often artistically referential nuances of the White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornaments as well as the beauty of this collection with all ornaments featuring: complete 24KT gold finishing, elegantly one color at a time baked enamels, individually crafted by American hands (these are not mass production pieces), historical information cards, and dated by year to mark the passage of the seasons and times of your life and family, and exquisitely made, always, only by our master ornament artists and official makers in Rhode Island, USA.

On Christmas Eve, 1991, an active duty officer of the Uniformed Division of U.S. Secret Service placed this first White House Gift Shop official annual Christmas and Holidays ornament on the White House Christmas Tree. Known then as the Secret Service Ornament Collection, in 2013 the collection became the White House Annual Ornament Collection a seamless continuation of the visionary work of the pioneers who created this, the only original and president ordered White House Gift Shop in White House history - now trademark/service mark protected in our 70th year by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in recognition of our provenance and history of service to presidents, citizens, diplomats, departments of government, and friends of America, globally. The journey to United States trademark protection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946® has been long sought, vitally necessary, and we thank you for your support across these many decades in helping The White House Gift Shop advance its goal of transforming to a significant American foundation with a long history of doing good for others and celebrating the dignity and honor of being Americans.

Rooms of the White House


THE ROOMS OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL COLLECTION OF THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP



COMPLETE CURRENT COLLECTION OF 8 ROOMS WITH 2 NEW ROOMS ADDED EACH YEAR!


Next Room is the QUEEN'S BEDROOM Available for Pre-Order on April 15, 2016


SIGNED & PERSONALIZED CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND APPRECIATION





The White House Gift Shop Annual Ornament Collection Features Eight Individually Gift Boxed Rooms of the White House in 3-D with additional rooms added regularly to this unique and delightful collection! Each piece in the collection also includes an informative card that describes the history, design, and use of each of the White House rooms. The reverse side of each ornament in the collection is completely finished in 24KT gold with The White House on back and Made in the USA on one of the reverse side panel.



* Oval Office

* Blue Room

* State Dining Room

* Red Room

* Green Room

* East Room

* Yellow Oval Room

* Lincoln Bedroom

* The Next Room in the Collection will be the QUEEN'S BEDROOM available for pre-order in March with free shipping on June 30, 2016



The White House Rooms available include the Oval Office, the State Dining Room, the Blue Room, the Green Room, the Red Room, the East Room, Yellow Oval Room, and the Lincoln Bedroom with more rooms coming soon! Accurate and 3-D Interior View of White House Rooms. The Oval Office: Architect Nathan C. Wyeth at the order of President William Howard Taft designed the office in 1909. Named for its distinctive oval shape, the Oval Office is part of the complex of offices that make up the West Wing of the White House. 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. State Dining Room: The State Dining Room, which now seats as many as 140 guests, was originally much smaller and served at various times as a drawing room, office, and Cabinet Room. Not until the Andrew Jackson administration was it called the "State Dining Room," although previous Presidents had used it for formal dinners. The Red Room: The Red Room traditionally has served as a parlor or sitting room; recent Presidents have had small dinner parties here. During the Madison administration, the room became Dolley Madison's famous salon. Yellow dominated the color scheme until 1845, when President and Mrs. Polk furnished the room with a dark crimson French Antique style suite and a ruby carpet. Soon the "Washington Parlor" became the "Red Room." The Green Room: James Hoban, the original architect of the President's House, intended that the space now called the "Green Room" be used as a "Common Dining Room." Charles McKim renovated the White House for President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. In the Green Room, the architect covered the walls in green velvet and relocated a white marble mantle from the State Dining Room. Remarkable works of art grace the Green Room walls. The East Room: Ascending from the Ground Floor Corridor, a marble stairway leads the White House visitor to the state floor level. Off the landing to the right is the East Room. The largest of the state rooms, it was designed by James Hoban and George Washington to be a "Public Audience Room." The Yellow Oval Room: There is another oval room above the Blue Room. This is called the Yellow Oval Room and is often used for formal private receptions for important guests. The room has three doors, which lead to the Central Hall, the Truman Balcony, and the Living Room. Dolley Madison first decorated the room in yellow damask in 1809. In 1851, Abigail Fillmore got an allocation from Congress for books to make the room into the first White House library. The Harrison Family continued to use the room as a library and family parlor and, in 1889, put the first White House Christmas tree here. The Lincoln Bedroom: The Lincoln Bedroom is a bedroom on the second floor of the White House, part of a suite of rooms that includes the Lincoln Sitting Room and Lincoln Bath. Named for Abraham Lincoln and used by him as an office. The room is best known as a guest room used by presidents to reward friends and political supporters. When Abraham Lincoln was president, the southeast corner suite was used as his personal office and Cabinet room. During the Lincoln presidency, the walls were covered with Civil War maps.

These exceptional collectibles and gifts are handcrafted in the USA and exclusively available only from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The fascinating pieces in the Rooms of the White House Collection are completely finished in 24KT gold on premium brass with exquisitely baked enamels, and include an informational history card for each piece in this exceptional new White House Collection. Giannini design with hand-signed Certificate of Appreciation and Authenticity.

Look for many more White House Rooms to come in this uniquely new collection from the White House Gift Shop -- there are 132 rooms in the White House!