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






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)
White House Official Architecture Ornaments
Special Note: The 2016 National Architecture Ornament is the Supreme Court, thus completing the three branches of government sequence in the Collection (available in June 2015). For 2017, the White House Gift Shop will continue to create new and unique architecturally inspired ornaments based on significant and historic Washington D.C. Architecture. The 2017 ornament, #4 in the series will be available January, 2016 and will continue the Washington D.C. key architecture sequence of this ongoing special collection!


Number 1: 2014 White House Washington D.C. Annual Architecture Ornament #1 in the White House Gift Shop Official Collection (SHIPS NOW)

The White House National Architecture Ornament is #1 in the new annual National Architectural Collection with the 2015 addition, #2, available September 15 (commemorating the United States Capitol Building, designed by Giannini, and completely finished in 24KT gold).

The 2014 White House, the first in this series, is 3.25" x 2.75" x 2" and completely finished in 24KT gold, custom handmade in the USA by the official ornament makers, 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.

Each year, we design and make a new and different National Architecture ornament that stands alone for shelf, credenza, or desk display, year-round, or decorates your Holiday, New Year, or Christmas tree with its gold cord. This exceptional piece in the new White House National Architecture series is a great chance to begin your White House and National Architecture heirloom collection!


Number 2: 2015 United States Capitol Building White House National Architecture Ornament and Model, #2 in the White House Gift Shop Official Collection (SHIPS NOW)


The National Architecture ornament for 2015 is the United States Capitol Building. The 2015 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 in the Rhode Island, and is the 2nd piece in the National Architecture Collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The 2015 Capitol Building is designed to sparkle with jewel-like brilliance and gem-like proportions for display on your Holiday or Christmas tree from its gold cord as well as for permanent, year-round, presentation on your desk, credenza, or display case. Includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value.

Each year, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 designs and makes a new National Architecture ornament to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America. This exceptional piece, the second in this new collection, is a great chance to begin or continue your United States National Architecture heirloom collection.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING

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

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)


Number 3: 2016 United States Supreme Court Building National Architecture Ornament and Model, #3 in the White House Gift Shop Official Collection (SHIPS JUNE 2015)


The 2016 National Architecture ornament is THE SUPREME COURT from the White House Gift Shop for 2016. The 2016 United States Supreme Court Building is designed by Giannini to complement the look, size, and feel of the 2015 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 makers, and is the 3rd piece in the National Architecture Collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The 2016 Supreme Court Building is designed to sparkle with jewel-like brilliance and gem-like proportions for display on your Holiday or Christmas tree from its gold cord as well as for permanent, year-round, presentation on your desk, credenza, or display case. Includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value.

Each year, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 designs and makes a new National Architecture ornament to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America. This exceptional piece, the third in this new collection, is a great chance to begin or continue your United States National Architecture heirloom collection. Special Note: The 2016 Washington D.C. White House Gift Shop Annual Architecture Ornament is the Supreme Court, thus completing the three branches of government sequence in the Washington D.C. Architecture Collection (available in June 2015). For 2017, the White House Gift Shop will continue to create new and unique architecturally inspired ornaments based on significant and historic Washington D.C. Architecture!

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 firs 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.

Great Eagle & Obama Pen
Exclusively from the White House Gift Shop American Eagle with World Globe Pen & Deskset with Swarovski® Austrian Crystals. The globe spins too. The American Eagle Globe desk set is hand-assembled in the USA and features perfect 24KT gold and silver plating. Includes the White House seal pen in midnight blue lacquer. The President Desk Set is custom made and is an exceptional diplomatic gift that represents the American Spirit in a beautiful executive office accessory gift that is not likely to be set aside. Beautifully packaged with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 official gold seal for distinguished gift-giving presence.

Presidential and Great Eagle of the United States with Globe Deskset from the White House Gift Shop

The eagle is a powerful symbol and a perfect inspirational motif or gift reflective of the qualities of courage, foresight, truth, creativity, and victory over myriad challenges. We combined the presidential Eagle and Globe with Gold, Crystals, and a Silver Mirror at base to represent reflection, focus, resolve, and national security.


This is the presidential pen in the blue lacquer, single twist action variation of our black lacquer pen recently featured in The Washington Post print and online edition in a great must-read fun and informative article entitled "Artisan Politics" featuring a unique perspective of American presidents from the perspective of the doodles and art they create while pondering great matters of state. You can see and read the article at (but be sure to come back to us) at http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/lifestyle/magazine/doodles/
Presidential Obama Pen Set
The White House Presidential 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 writing instrument with the added distinction of a Great Seal black and gold seal two piece presentation box. Refill cartridges are available in the pens section of the White House Gift Shop or by selecting refills as an accessory.

This is the presidential pen featured in The Washington Post print and online edition in a great must-read fun and informative article entitled "Artisan Politics" featuring a unique perspective of American presidents from the perspective of the doodles and art they create while pondering great matters of state. You can see and read the article at (but be sure to come back to us) at http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/lifestyle/magazine/doodles/
2015 White House Official Egg

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. Beautifully 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 lighting! 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.




Rooms of the White House

THE ROOMS OF THE WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION

Have you visited the White House? Wanted to visit the White House? Once worked or work at the White House or for the United States Government? Interested in historic interior design? Want to give your international guests a gift that is truly unique, memorable, and representative of America and the White House? For these reasons and more, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 is delighted to bring you the new "Rooms of the White House Collection" -- an ongoing Series based on concepts by Giannini for collection, display, gift giving, or trading that is based on the actual architecture and design of the key rooms of the White House. Available rooms now include: The Oval Office, East Room, State Dining Room, Red Room, Blue Room, Green Room, Yellow Oval Office, and the Lincoln Bedroom with many More Rooms available soon! Available "exclusively" and "only" from the official White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent presidential order. Includes a signed Certificate of White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Appreciation and Authenticity -- adding meaning and value for your collection or gift giving!

DESCRIPTION OF THE ROOMS OF THE WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION

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.


* Oval Office

* Blue Room

* State Dining Room

* Red Room

* Green Room

* East Room

* Yellow Oval Room (Pre-Order, Ships July 1st)

* Lincoln Bedroom (Pre-Order, Ships July 1st)


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. 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!




2015 White House Glass Easter Egg
The 2015 Air Force One Easter Egg is meticulously hand-blown in the USA by American glass artisans using centuries-old methods, hand-crafting each glass egg one at a time, simultaneous with creating the now iconic White House Gift Shop annual classic Easter egg within egg design to symbolize Resurrection and Rebirth. The 2015 Easter Egg is deeply and masterfully etched in 24KT gold with the Air Force One Seal.

Thus, no two eggs are ever alike in size or pattern or hues which makes each and every egg unique for your special collection, display, and Christmas or Easter 2015 gift giving. This year, our director, Giannini, chose a special hue of blue for the Air Force One Egg. The symbolism of the egg is as ancient as the earliest human societies with the archetype of the primordial egg as the center of the origin of the universe emerging from the original and divinely created Egg. This 2015 Easter egg is s beautiful heirloom created to last for generations.

A new glass egg is created each year with unique design features only from the White House Gift Shop's official Easter Egg collection. See also the 2015 and 2014 exquisite companions -- the 24Kt Gold on Brass White House Easter Egg with brilliant golds and traditional purples available in the gift shop at http://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/product-p/easter...

For questions about the 2015 Air Force One Easter eggs, call Rachel Allen at 877.896.3609 or e-mail rachel@whitehousegiftshop.com











White House Patriotic Apron

From the White House Gift Shop this 4 pocket durable Patriotic Apron is made from 100% 2 ply cotton fabric. Fully embroidered stars, sewn stripes and adjustable waist tie backs. Machine was in cold water and line dry. Made in the USA, 4 sewn pockets, Embroidered stars, Adult size is 24" x 28". Perfect for barbeques, cook outs, family picnics, and more! Includes White House Gift Shop Certificate of Authenticity for distinguished gift-giving presence.

2015 White House Ornament

The 2015 White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Annual Ornament, #27 in Series

Honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945)


The 2015 White House Gift Shop's annual ornament, 27th in the collection honors President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Roosevelt ornament is a dual-sided heirloom piece, the first dual-sided ornament in the nearly 30 year history of the collection that presents in multidimensionality the North Portico with the White House Christmas 2015 banner on front and the South Balcony with 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1945 on reverse with a festive Season's Greetings banner. This elegant piece, Giannini design, is a dual-sided ornament symbolizing the unified hope and relief that President Roosevelt brought to millions of Americans during the Great Depression. Handcrafted of premium brass, nickel treated for timeless preservation then decorated in 24KT gold and perfectly baked enamels with a protective finish -- the 2015 ornament honoring President Roosevelt is made in the USA by the official ornament makers. An information card accompanies this year's White House ornament and details the life and presidency of FDR. Includes a White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 and a designer signed Certificate of Appreciation and Authenticity of Origin!

While Roosevelt's presidential accomplishments were vast by any historical standard, we especially honor his his struggle with polio over which FDR, the man as much as the president, transcended the personal and sought to help others through his creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, known and beloved across America as The March of Dimes (photo below shows FDR counting dimes on the Oval Office desk). Through the enormous outpouring of American spirit, generosity, and support for FDR's visionary foundation, the vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, M.D. and Albert Sabin, M.D. eventually and effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.





The March of Dimes (photo shows FDR counting dimes on the Oval Office desk)


THE ROOSEVELT PRESIDENCY

The New Deal

1933 FDR takes the oath of office on March 4, and during his first 100 Days, he gets a significant number of Legislative programs through Congress. His programs became known as "alphabet agencies" such as the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps both of which focused on economic relief recovery and reform.

1935 FDR succeeds in creating the Works Progress Administration and Social Security as well as other programs.

1936 He is re-elected president to a second term

World War II

1939 Germany invades Poland, an act that escalates to World War II. While keeping a neutral position for the U.S., Roosevelt seeks ways to provide American aid to the Allied powers

1940 Roosevelt wins election for an "unprecedented" third term

1941 FDR signs the Lend-Lease bill, thus aiding nations at war with Germany and Italy. On December 7, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, and the United States enters into World War II. The next day, December 8, Roosevelt delivers his famous "day of infamy" speech before Congress and seeks from Congress a formal declaration of war against Germany.

1942 FDR envisions and moves to create a grand alliance of Allied powers through the Declaration of the United Nations.

1944 Roosevelt is re-elected president for a fourth term, making FDR the longest serving president in U.S. history

1945 On April 12, President Roosevelt passes away at Warm Springs, Georgia and is buried in the Rose Garden of his Hyde Park estate in New York.

Air Force One Pen
Welcome Aboard Air Force One! The Air Force One two piece roller ball pen with sleek blue lacquer finish, 24K gold-plated trim, and machined brass coupling has the elegant look, feel, presence, and performance of a $120.00 or more fine writing instrument at a fraction of the cost. 330° Wrap Around Air Force One Seal. Includes a White House black and gold seal two piece collection or gift presentation box. The Air Force One high profile, guest style pen, is designed for high visibility -- this is the pen to use to make a vivid impression. Refill cartridges are available in the pen section of the White House Gift Shop.


White House 2015 Easter Egg

THE 2015 WHITE HOUSE ANNUAL GOLD FINISHED EASTER EGG is jewel-like at its crown, 24KT gold finish flowing with elegant purples based on Christian motifs, a touch of the Old World with 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 Christmas, Holiday, or Easter tree with a gold cord.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ and Easter is the oldest holy day (holiday) of the Christian Faith, and in the Western Church Easter is held between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

Beautifully and meticulously handmade in Rhode Island, USA, the 2015 White House gold Easter egg is set in an elegant two-piece gift box, gold , with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 official seal. Made of premium brass with complete 24KT finishing and baked enamels, your heirloom is specially treated for timeless quality.

Each year, we add a new Easter egg to 24KT gold White House heirloom collection.


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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.



Special Note: The 2015 Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 6 with the event opening on the White House South Lawn.

United States Supreme Court Model and Ornament
The 2016 National Architecture ornament is THE SUPREME COURT from the White House Gift Shop for 2016. The 2016 United States Supreme Court Building is designed by Giannini to complement the look, size, and feel of the 2015 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 makers, and is the 3rd piece in the National Architecture Collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946. The 2016 Supreme Court Building is designed to sparkle with jewel-like brilliance and gem-like proportions for display on your Holiday or Christmas tree from its gold cord as well as for permanent, year-round, presentation on your desk, credenza, or display case. Includes a personalized and signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity of Origin for display, collection, or gift giving value.

Each year, the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 designs and makes a new National Architecture ornament to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America. This exceptional piece, the third in this new collection, is a great chance to begin or continue your United States National Architecture heirloom collection. Special Note: The 2016 Washington D.C. White House Gift Shop Annual Architecture Ornament is the Supreme Court, thus completing the three branches of government sequence in the Washington D.C. Architecture Collection (available in June 2015). For 2017, the White House Gift Shop will continue to create new and unique architecturally inspired ornaments based on significant and historic Washington D.C. Architecture!

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 attempted 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. The plan, usually called the "Court-packing Plan", failed first in Congress. By the end of 1941, Roosevelt had appointed seven justices and elevated a man by the name of Harlan Fiske Stone to Chief Justice.

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


President Lapel Pin
The Presidential Lapel Pin: 24KT Gold Accents, Elegantly Scalloped, Full Color Seal, Protective Finish.

The White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President H. S. Truman is the originator of virtually all classic White House and Presidential jewelry designs for 70 years.


The White House Umbrella, Traveler Size, 38" Diameter, Wind Resistant, Import, Automatic Open, 16" Long When Closed, Includes White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Certificate of Appreciation
THE TWO MOST COLLECTED WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS IN THE WORLD IN ONE SPECIALLY PRICED SET -- BOTH ORNAMENTS ARE INDIVIDUALLY PRESENTATION BOXED!

The 2015 White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Annual Ornament, #27 in Series

Honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945)


The 2015 White House Gift Shop's annual ornament, 27th in the collection honors President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Roosevelt ornament is a dual-sided heirloom piece, the first dual-sided ornament in the nearly 30 year history of the collection that presents in multidimensionality the North Portico with the White House Christmas 2015 banner on front and the South Balcony with 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1945 on reverse with a festive Season's Greetings banner. This elegant piece, Giannini design, is a dual-sided ornament symbolizing the unified hope and relief that President Roosevelt brought to millions of Americans during the Great Depression. Handcrafted of premium brass, nickel treated for timeless preservation then decorated in 24KT gold and perfectly baked enamels with a protective finish -- the 2015 ornament honoring President Roosevelt is made in the USA by the official ornament makers. An information card accompanies this year's White House ornament and details the life and presidency of FDR. Includes a White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 and a designer signed Certificate of Appreciation and Authenticity of Origin!

While Roosevelt's presidential accomplishments were vast by any historical standard, we especially honor his his struggle with polio over which FDR, the man as much as the president, transcended the personal and sought to help others through his creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, known and beloved across America as The March of Dimes (photo below shows FDR counting dimes on the Oval Office desk). Through the enormous outpouring of American spirit, generosity, and support for FDR's visionary foundation, the vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, M.D. and Albert Sabin, M.D. eventually and effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.





The March of Dimes (photo shows FDR counting dimes on the Oval Office desk)


THE ROOSEVELT PRESIDENCY

The New Deal

1933 FDR takes the oath of office on March 4, and during his first 100 Days, he gets a significant number of Legislative programs through Congress. His programs became known as "alphabet agencies" such as the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps both of which focused on economic relief recovery and reform.

1935 FDR succeeds in creating the Works Progress Administration and Social Security as well as other programs.

1936 He is re-elected president to a second term

World War II

1939 Germany invades Poland, an act that escalates to World War II. While keeping a neutral position for the U.S., Roosevelt seeks ways to provide American aid to the Allied powers

1940 Roosevelt wins election for an "unprecedented" third term

1941 FDR signs the Lend-Lease bill, thus aiding nations at war with Germany and Italy. On December 7, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, and the United States enters into World War II. The next day, December 8, Roosevelt delivers his famous "day of infamy" speech before Congress and seeks from Congress a formal declaration of war against Germany.

1942 FDR envisions and moves to create a grand alliance of Allied powers through the Declaration of the United Nations.

1944 Roosevelt is re-elected president for a fourth term, making FDR the longest serving president in U.S. history

1945 On April 12, President Roosevelt passes away at Warm Springs, Georgia and is buried in the Rose Garden of his Hyde Park estate in New York.


The 2015 White House Annual Ornament, Historical Association

The 2015 White House Historical Christmas honors the administration of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States, 1923 to 1929. This year's unique ornament is crafted from premium brass that is first plated with nickel for quality and finished in 24k gold that is also treated to be timeless in quality. The President Coolidge ornament is illuminated by LED within and adorned with ornaments.

2015 White House Ornament

The 2015 White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Annual Modern Presidents Ornament Official Collection

Honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945)

YOU RECEIVE 100 INDIVIDUALLY BOXED WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST. 1946 OFFICIAL ORNAMENTS

THIS YEAR'S ORNAMENT IS THE FIRST DUAL-SIDED ORNAMENT IN THE COLLECTION'S HISTORY

BOTH FRONT AND REVERSE OF ORNAMENT, WHITE HOUSE SOUTH AND NORTH SIDES, ARE SHOWN IN THE PHOTO


The 2015 White House Gift Shop's annual ornament, 27th in the collection, is designed by Giannini. The Roosevelt ornament is a dual-sided heirloom piece, the first dual-sided ornament in the nearly 30 year history of the collection (often called the Secret Service Uniformed Division by discerning collectors and gift givers, worldwide) that presents in multidimensionality the North Portico with the White House Christmas 2015 banner on front and the South Balcony with 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1945 on reverse with a festive Season's Greetings banner. This elegant piece is designed as two united ornaments to symbolize the hope and relief that President Roosevelt brought to millions of anguished Americans during the Great Depression -- hope that united America in spirit and vision for an end to economic devastation of American families. Handcrafted of premium brass, nickel treated for timeless preservation then decorated in 24KT gold and perfectly baked enamels with a protective finish -- the 2015 ornament honoring President Roosevelt is made in the USA by the official ornament makers. An information card accompanies this year's White House ornament (often called the Secret Service Uniformed Division series for decades by collectors, globally) and details the life and presidency of FDR.

While Roosevelt's presidential accomplishments were vast by any historical standard, we especially honor his his struggle with polio over which FDR, the man as much as the president, transcended the personal and sought to help others through his creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, known and beloved across America as The March of Dimes (photo below shows FDR counting dimes on the Oval Office desk). Through the enormous outpouring of American spirit, generosity, and support for FDR's visionary foundation, the vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, M.D. and Albert Sabin, M.D. eventually and effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States. As President, FDR's accomplishments are legendary.





The March of Dimes (photo shows FDR counting dimes on the Oval Office desk)


THE ROOSEVELT PRESIDENCY

The New Deal

1933 FDR takes the oath of office on March 4, and during his first 100 Days, he gets a significant number of Legislative programs through Congress. His programs became known as "alphabet agencies" such as the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps both of which focused on economic relief recovery and reform.

1935 FDR succeeds in creating the Works Progress Administration and Social Security as well as other programs.

1936 He is re-elected president to a second term

World War II

1939 Germany invades Poland, an act that escalates to World War II. While keeping a neutral position for the U.S., Roosevelt seeks ways to provide American aid to the Allied powers

1940 Roosevelt wins election for an "unprecedented" third term

1941 FDR signs the Lend-Lease bill, thus aiding nations at war with Germany and Italy. On December 7, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, and the United States enters into World War II. The next day, December 8, Roosevelt delivers his famous "day of infamy" speech before Congress and seeks from Congress a formal declaration of war against Germany.

1942 FDR envisions and moves to create a grand alliance of Allied powers through the Declaration of the United Nations.

1944 Roosevelt is re-elected president for a fourth term, making FDR the longest serving president in U.S. history

1945 On April 12, President Roosevelt passes away at Warm Springs, Georgia and is buried in the Rose Garden of his Hyde Park estate in New York.

United States American Full Banner Wave Flag Keepsake Case: From the White House Gift Shop United States Patriotic Gift Collection: This handsome cherry-stained hardwood keepsake box with antique key is a distinguished case for your or your U.S. Military, Civil Service or any other patriotic individual's medals, dog tags, photos, and special items. The United States of America Flag Seal Medallion keepsake case is 8" square and 4" high and features a deep four-bevel brass-hinged lid, a three-dimensional cast United States of America Flag Seal medallion, felt-lined interior, padded base to prevent scratches, and lockable base. Special accents in addition to the substantial cast medallion that adorns this special case includes solid antiqued brass hardware with a solid matching key. Boxed with White House Gift Shop, Est.. 1946 with Official Gold Seal on Lid for a Perfect Gift Presentation. This is a perfect gift or collectible for you or the Patriotic Special Person in your life and an heirloom that can be given with honor and distinction from generation to generation.

United States
American Full Banner Wave Flag Paperweight or Desktop Display: From the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946, our United States of America Flag Seal Medallion paperweight is an elegant desktop accessory or display. The paperweight is made from Mahogany stained wood with a felt lined base, and measures 6-Inches by 7-Inches by 1-Inch with the United States of America Banner Wave Flag medallion on-center.

2014 White House Architecture Ornament
The White House Washington D.C. Architecture Ornament for 2014 is the White House and includes a signed Certificate of Appreciation & Authenticity for display, collection, trading, or gift giving value and meaning.

THE WASHINGTON D.C. ARCHITECTURE COLLECTION

The WASHINGTON D.C. ARCHITECTURE ornament for 2014 is The White House. Exquisitely and entirely finished in brilliant 24KT gold on specially treated premium brass, the 1st annual National Architecture ornament and model is three-dimensional and meticulously handcrafted to museum quality by American ornament masters in Rhode Island, USA. Each year, based on architectural and symbolic concepts by Anthony Giannini, the White House Gift Shop creates a new National Architecture ornament and model to commemorate great American architects and architectural symbols of America.

By supporter requests, we will concept, create, and make a new heirloom piece every three to four months for the National Architecture Collection -- collected, gifted, and traded worldwide by discerning collectors, diplomats, patriotic citizens, heads-of-states, and ministers of many countries.

During November, 2014, we will release the 4th heirloom architecture in the collection: THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT soon followed by the 5th piece – The Washington Cathedral – the spiritual center for many American Presidents. This exciting new National Architecture collection of the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman is endless -- for we will add all significant American architecture of politically symbolic importance not only in Washington D.C. but also across America.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800 and is the symbolic center of democracy and freedom not only in America but for many countries yet struggling for freedom from tyranny and oppression.

Designed by Irish-born James Hoban, Neoclassical architecture of the White House was built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the White House in 1801, he, along with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, expanded the House outward, thus creating two colonnades meant to conceal storage and stables.

In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set ablaze by the British Army in what is now called the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior. Almost immediately, reconstruction began and President James Monroe moved into the partially restored Executive Residence in October 1817. Rebuilding continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North Portico in 1829.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt relocated all work offices consequent of overcrowding to the newly constructed West Wing in 1901. In 1909, eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved as operations expanded. The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events, and President Thomas Jefferson's colonnades connected the new wings. In 1946, President H. S. Truman added the now iconic South Balcony. East Wing alterations were also completed in 1946, thus creating additional office space. By 1948, the White House’s load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were close to failure. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman (who originated the White House Gift Shop by permanent order), began the complete reconstruction of the interior of the White House: Interior rooms were completely dismantled, a new internal load-bearing steel frame was constructed inside the walls, and once this massive restoration was completed, interior rooms were rebuilt.

The Executive Residence is made up of six stories: Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as a two-story basement. The term White House is often used as a metonym for the Executive Office of the President of the United States and for the president's administration and advisers.

Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the former State Department, which now houses offices for the President's staff and the Vice President—and Blair House, a guest residence.

Thank you for your continued support in our missions to help others and to provide you with increasingly sophisticated heirlooms symbolic of America for all Americans.
THE TWO MOST COLLECTED WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENTS IN THE WORLD IN ONE SPECIALLY PRICED SET -- BOTH ORNAMENTS ARE INDIVIDUALLY PRESENTATION BOXED!

The 2014 White House ornament honors President Harry S. Truman. Design concept by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, collected, gifted, and traded White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. The President Truman commemorative is handmade in the USA and features a complete 24KT gold finish with brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, heirloom design, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, historical information card, traditional Christmas and Holiday motifs, elegant two-piece Christmas green gift box with the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1945 official seal embossed in gold. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by permanent Presidential order of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament.

Truman's Balcony Ornament dimensions: 3x 2.5 inches


It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here! -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance, the vision and acumen is often revealed of a President or future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House.


2014 White House Historical Association Christmas Ornament, Honors President Warren G. Harding

The 2014 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of Warren G. Harding, who served as the twenty-ninth president of the United States from 1921 to 1923. As a young boy, Harding dreamed of being a locomotive engineer—a wish that was to come true for 51 minutes when as president, he took over the controls on the Alaskan railroad during the “Voyage of Understanding,” his famous transcontinental speaking and sightseeing tour. The Presidential Special, the train that carried President Harding west at the outset of his ambitious voyage and that would tragically carry his casket back east following his sudden death, just two months later...


Harding Train Ornament dimensions:
Engine: 3.25 inches x 0.75 inches
Pullman Car: 3.25 inches x 0.75 inches
The 2014 White House ornament honors President Harry S. Truman. Designed by Giannini, the 2014 Christmas and Holidays ornament is titled TRUMAN'S BALCONY and is the 26th ornament in the globally prized, quarter of a century, White House Gift Shop's Official Ornament Collection. Features: Handmade in the USA by the official ornament maker, completely 24KT gold finished both front and back, premium tarnish and time resistant brass for heirloom collection or gift giving, brilliant baked enamels, museum quality, inscribed quote of President Truman with Administration dates on reverse, President Truman historical information card. Of significance for your collectible or gift -- the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 was created by Permanent Presidential Memorandum of President H. S. Truman which adds substance and meaning to your 2014 White House ornament. The 2014 TRUMAN'S BALCONY is the ornament that a National Football League, NFL, team will present as gifts at a special White House reception this year!

"It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!" -- President Harry S. Truman


2014 WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP ANNUAL ORNAMENT: TRUMAN’S BALCONY

The 2014 White House Gift Shop’s official annual ornament honors President Harry S. Truman, thirty-third president of the United States from 1945-1953. Truman came from modest beginnings, grew up on the family farm in Independence, Missouri, and did not attend college. After high school, he worked as a time keeper, clerk, bookkeeper, farmer, then joined the National Guard. When World War I erupted, Truman volunteered for duty. Truman’s organization and leadership skills were soon recognized, and he was quickly promoted to captain in France. Despite his often shy and modest temperament, Truman captured the respect and admiration of his men, leading them successfully through heavy fighting during the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Among Truman’s accomplishments as President were ending World War II, containment of the conflict in Korea, initiating the Berlin Airlift, creation of his Fair Deal, banning racial discrimination in federal hiring practices, and desegregation of the military. Truman was not afraid of contentious or unpopular causes, one of the core traits of presidential leadership.

HISTORY OF PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S CREATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE SOUTH BALCONY

“It would be far more architecturally correct to have a balcony up here!”

President Truman spoke these words during the week of February 1946 and subsequently forged ahead to make the first change to the White House since 1872-- the replacement of the canvas canopies on the south face of the White House with the now iconic South Balcony of the White House. Truman's proposal for a balcony sparked outrage and debate in America about the mutilation of the White House. Critics abounded at Truman’s proposal to change the White House face, the first exterior change of the White House in 117 years. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts argued that the Classic Greek style of the White House would be mutilated simply to create a leisure space for the First Family. It got worse: Political cartoonists satirized the balcony project, claiming that Truman could lose the 1948 presidential election because of his proposed degradation of the White House. The Fine Arts Commission eventually agreed to the proposed balcony but only if the change was approved by the renowned architect William Adams Delano. The Commission believed that Delano would never approve Truman’s balcony. Truman argued that the addition of a balcony would provide shade for the first floor portico, avoid the need for new awnings, and would balance the south face of the White House. While Truman’s reasons were logical and aesthetically accurate, he had personal reasons for wanting a south side balcony: The view from the Oval Room was magnificent but more importantly, Truman hoped that his wife, Bess, would spend more time at the White House given a South Balcony with such a splendid view.

In small acts of vision and leadership amidst resistance to innovations, the vision, acumen, strategic-mindedness, and leadership resolve is often revealed of a great President or great future president. Despite opposition from the Fine Arts Commission and funding from Congress uncertain, Truman forged ahead with the construction of the now quintessential South Balcony of the White House. Well known for his position that the Buck Stops with the President and given the resistance from Congress, Truman made no request to Congress for the $16,050.74 cost of constructing the South Balcony, for he paid for the balcony from his own household account. Once completed, many of those who vigorously opposed Truman’s Balcony quickly wrote to the President to say that the new balcony substantially improved the south face of the White House. Today, the South Balcony is the favorite place in the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.




2015 White House Easter Egg
From the White House Gift Shop: The Complete Set of Five Official 2015 White House Easter Eggs. This annual wooden egg traditional set includes a commemorative egg of each color and a "Bo and Sunny" special edition egg with a finish of natural American birchwood, the first time since the President Clinton Administration that a White House Easter Egg has featured a natural wood finish!

See also the annual 2015 White House Glass with Gold Engraving and the 2015 White House 24kt Gold on Brass Heirloom, Museum Grade Easter Eggs Available only from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 with Certificates of Authenticity of Origin for Collection Value or Added Gift Giving Presence and Provenance!








President & Whitre House Cufflinks
Air Force One Seal Cufflinks, 24KT Gold Finish, Raised Presidential Eagle with Blue Border, USA, Jewel Case with Gold White House Seal on White Pane Inside

American Flag Cufflinks, Union Crest with Thirteen Stars, 24KT Gold Plated, USA, Jewel Case with Gold White House Seal on White Pane Inside




Official White House Ornament Collection
The entire White House Gift Shop Annual Ornament Collection, 1991-2015 is shown in the ornament and model collage and includes 27 ornaments -- several years had two ornaments.

Each piece in your collection is handmade in the USA for our annual collection. We add one new ornament to this series each year.

All ornaments are 24KT gold finished on premium brass, museum grade, heirloom quality for generations to come, baked enamels, and are meticulously handmade in the USA by the official ornament makers.

Your ornaments are individually boxed in 27 separate ornament boxes and include a personalized and signed Certificate of Recognition & Appreciation from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent order of President Harry S. Truman.





Bust, Eleanor Roosevelt


AVAILABLE NOW -- EARLY SUPPORTER SPECIAL OFFER!


The 2015 White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Annual Holidays & Christmas Ornament

The "Presidential Executive Collection" Includes President Roosevelt 9" Bust & Eleanor Roosevelt 13" Bust plus

The United States Mint Official President Roosevelt Coin

Honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945)


THE UNIQUE AND VERY LIMITED ISSUE "PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION" WITH WHITE HOUSE ANNUAL ORNAMENT, PRESIDENT & FIRST LADY BUSTS, and an OFFICIAL COIN OR MEDALLION WILL BE OFFERED EACH YEAR IN THIS EXCEPTIONAL NEW COLLECTION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOP, EST. 1946 BY PERMANENT ORDER OF PRESIDENT H. S. TRUMAN


Because collector demand exceeded supply during last year's holiday season for our 2014 President Truman's Balcony ornament, we are pleased to announce by request of our supporters, gift givers, collectors, and traders, worldwide, the early release of the 27th White House Gift Shop, Est, 1946 annual Holidays & Christmas ornament honoring the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). For twenty-seven years, the annual ornament collection of the only original White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 by permanent presidential order is prized, globally, by discerning collectors. The first ornament in this distinguished collection to be placed on the White House Christmas tree occurred in 1992 when a member of the Uniformed Division of Secret Service placed the 1992 "Bush Oval Office" ornament honoring President George H. W. Bush on the the White House Christmas Tree. We are delighted to present our 27th White House Holiday and Christmas ornament of our modern presidents series honoring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The 2015 White House Gift Shop's annual ornament, 27th in the collection, is designed by Giannini. The Roosevelt ornament is a dual-sided heirloom piece that presents in multidimensionality the North Portico with the White House Christmas 2015 banner on front and the South Balcony with 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1945 on reverse with a festive Season's Greetings banner. This elegant piece is designed as two united ornaments to symbolize the hope and relief that President Roosevelt brought to millions of anguished Americans during the Great Depression -- hope that united America in spirit and vision for an end to economic devastation of American families. Handcrafted of premium brass, nickel treated for timeless preservation then decorated in 24KT gold and perfectly baked enamels with a protective finish -- the 2015 ornament honoring President Roosevelt is made in the USA by the official ornament makers. An information card accompanies this year's White House ornament (often called the Secret Service Uniformed Division series for decades by collectors, globally) and details the life and presidency of FDR.

See the 2015 White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 Annual Modern Presidents Ornament Official Collection for more Franklin D. Roosevelt History and facts: http://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/2015-White-House-GS-Annual-Official-Ornament-p/2015-white-house-ornament-fdr.htmhttp://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/2015-White-House-GS-Annual-Official-Ornament-p/2015-white-house-ornament-fdr.htm

Franklin D. Roosevelt 9" Bust

President Roosevelt Bust from the White House Gift Shop: Jo Davidson was commissioned to create this bust of America's thirty-second president, the only American president to serve more than two terms. Franklin Delano Roosevelt entered the White House in 1933 and immediately tried to tackle the Great Depression. He introduced several new programs to help Americans when they needed it most. He was also president during World War II and, after a long, bloody, and costly war, he led the country to victory. He was, and still is, known for his memorable speeches and fireside chats. He told us "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!" and luckily, we believed him. Includes Certificate of Authenticity and Appreciation from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 under the Administration of President H. S. Truman.

Eleanor Roosevelt 13" Bust
Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was a distinguished public figure in her own right. She served as first lady from 1933-1945, supporting the New Deal policies of her husband, as well as being a strong advocate for civil rights and human welfare. Much of her life was spent in service to others, from working as a social worker in the East Side slums of New York at age seventeen, to chairing the United Nations committee responsible for getting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafted and approved. At her memorial service, Adlai Stevenson said of her, “What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of so many?”

Comes with a White House Gift Shop Statue Certificate of Authenticity and Origin.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Official United States Mint Coin


This carved mahogany wood Air Force One professional and museum grade model adds elegance and distinction to your office, study, home, or collection. This Air Force One model is a substantial gift or collection piece and perfect as a diplomatic gift. Includes Certificate of White House Gift Shop authenticity and personalized certificate of Special Appreciation. Measures 19"L 16"W. United States Air Force - Boeing VC-25A is most famous for its role as Air Force One, the call sign of any U.S. Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. The two aircraft currently in U.S. service are highly modified versions of Boeing's 747-200B, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000 -- tail number on this model is 28000. Ships an in oversize and protective "double" box with insurance included. Includes a Personalized Certificate of Authenticity & Appreciation from the only original authorized White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 -- a perfect combination for display or gift giving!

The first official Air Force One was a Douglas VC-54C and called the “Sacred Cow.” Photo shown. This aircraft is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Jefferson Bust & Statue
The President Jefferson bust from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 is the same Jefferson bust that we provided as essential set pieces for top-rated and acclaimed television dramas such as House of Cards, Madame Secretary, State of Affairs, Scandal and major films including The Butler.

The Thomas Jefferson statue is a museum-class bust with exceptional presence. Our Jefferson and other statues are used for sets in many film and television series as well as in government buildings and Federalist style homes and legal offices. President Jefferson served as vice-president to John Adams and was later elected president, serving two consecutive terms (1801-1809). He founded the University of Virginia, which he also designed architecturally. After his retirement at Monticello, Jefferson became a living legend, a sage, whose advice and company were sought after by the best minds of two continents. When he died, on July 4th, 1826, 50 years to the day after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the country knew it had lost a monumental figure.

Ships in a substantially padded and protective box nearly four-feet long and includes a hand-signed Certificate of Appreciation and Authenticity in your name, your firm's name, or gift recipient's name on frame-ready archival parchment by our director, Giannini, documenting the origin of your Jefferson statue from the White House Gift Shop, Est. 1946 with great appreciation. Perhaps of interest for your collection and display of the President Jefferson bust is that one of our director's ancestors includes Anthony (Antonio) Giannini -- a master gardener and viniculturist who came to Virginia in 1773, served in the Virginia Militia, and worked by request of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello collecting seeds for Jefferson's friends in France, planting grape vines in the vineyard, caring for the North Orchard's apples trees and the South Orchard's apricots, almonds, apples, cherries, and peaches, planting grape vines from Legaux in the Southwest Vineyard, and grafting in the Monticello orchards. Jefferson granted Giannini status as a "Freeman" after five years of indentured service at Monticello. Eventually, Antonio Giannini purchased a tract of land from Jefferson. Several letters between Jefferson and Giannini survive. The life of Antonio Giannini and his family in Virginia became the inspiration for two now iconic television series: THE WALTONS and FALCON CREST. We thought you would enjoy this little-known back-story that provides historical context and meaning for the collection, display, or gift giving of your Thomas Jefferson bust.

Dimensions: 28" x 19" x 13" 344WHJ/344B