THE 2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST 1946 ANNUAL GOLD EASTER EGG COLLECTION, #1 IN SERIES
Annual Gold Heirloom Collection - 1st Collection Piece in a new Annual Series that began in 2014 and complements the Annual Art Glass Easter Egg and the Wooden Easter Egg Roll egg -- also Available in Limited Numbers & Meticulously Handmade in the USA by official White House ornament maker.
Designed by Giannini, the 2014 gold Easter egg with eight facets is meticulously "handmade in the USA" and features a sparkling complete 24KT gold finish on premium brass from our official ornament makers, Easter flowers as perennial symbols of Life, beautiful lattice and filigree with hundreds of open facets to allow light to flow 360-degrees, the White House photograph with protective finish and Easter 2014 on-center in white and blue, eight symmetrical facets, articulated pedestal for standalone display, floral crown with gold cord for Holidays or Easter Tree display, museum art quality, and much more.
THE 2015 WHITE
HOUSE GIFT SHOP, Est. 1946 ANNUAL GOLD FINISHED EASTER EGG COLLECTION, #2 IN SERIES
The 2015 Gold Easter Egg the 2nd
heirloom ornament in the White House Gold Easter Egg Collection, Giannini design, adorned at crown, 24KT
gold flowing with elegant purples, touch of the Old World intricate
details, the White House North Portico in subtle white enamel (partial
view, on-center) with "White House Easter, 2015" encircling, 3" tall,
and stands alone on its articulated pedestal or elegantly displays from
your Holiday or Easter tree with a gold cord.
and meticulously handmade in the USA by official White House ornament maker, the 2015 White House
gold Easter egg is set in an elegant two-piece, gold moire, gift box
with the White House Gift Shop seal.
Made of premium brass with
complete 24KT finishing and baked enamels, your heirloom is specially
treated for timeless quality. This is the best yet in our now globally
collected White House Egg Collection and will grace, year-round, your
tree, display cabinet, or home with shimmering elegance regardless of
Each year, we add a new Easter egg to this radiant
collection with new design concepts by Giannini.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
The original site of the Easter Monday Egg Roll was the grounds of the United States Capitol. By the mid-1870s, the egg rolling activities on the West Terraces had gained notoriety as the children turned the Capitol grounds into their Easter Monday playground. The first egg rolls, largely family affairs, seem to have been held during the administration of President Andrew Johnson. Youngsters of the President's family dyed eggs on Sunday for the Monday rolling, which the First Lady would watch from the South Portico. The workers and tourists watched in fascination as the children rolled both their hard boiled eggs and themselves down the lush green hills.
The egg roll activity of 1876 took its toll on the grounds, a fact that did not go unnoticed by members of Congress. With an already inadequate budget to complete the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds, Congress passed a law forbidding the Capitol grounds to be used as a children's playground. The law was to be enforced in 1877. But that Easter Monday rain poured down, canceling any outdoor activities sending the egg rollers indoors to play.
On Easter Saturday of 1878, a small announcement in the local press informed the egg rollers the new law would be enforced. President Rutherford B. Hayes, taking his daily walk, was approached by a number of young egg rollers who inquired about the possibilities of egg rolling on the South Lawn of the White House. President Hayes, upon his return to the White House, issued an official order that should any children arrive to egg roll on Easter Monday, they were to be allowed to do so. That Monday, as children were being turned away from the Capitol grounds, word quickly spread to go to the White House!
President Hayes and his wife, Lucy, officially opened the White House grounds to the children of the area for egg rolling that Easter Monday. Successive Presidents continued the tradition, and the event has been held on the South Lawn ever since.