January 9, 2013

Inaugural Memorabilia from Seth Kaller and University Archives

January 2013 — The inauguration of Presidents has always sparked great interest in the memorabilia that goes along with the festivities. From President George Washington to FDR, a wealth of artifacts, original documents and media coverage of the day is available from a collection called HISTORY YOU CAN OWN, presented by a group of experts on museum quality items from U.S. history.  Among the group is Seth Kaller, whose group offers two galleries, one in Westport and one in Greenwich Connecticut, showcasing the items that are also available for sale. They are also available through SETH KALLER INC, White Plains, NY.
Sparking interest in inaugural items past and present is the upcoming second inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, which will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2013.  Mandated by the Constitution, all presidents begin their new term on January 20 at noon (EST). Because January 20 will fall on a Sunday, two ceremonies - one private and one public - will take place. The first ceremony will take place on Sunday and the second on Monday January 21, with Chief Justice John Roberts administering the oath on both days. This will be the 57th Inauguration ceremony. 
Some interesting facts from the 2009 inauguration:
  • Largest attendance of any event in the history of Washington, DC
  • Largest attendance of any Presidential inauguration in U.S. history
  • First citizen born in Hawaii to hold U.S. office
  • Highest viewership ever of the swearing-in ceremonies on the Internet
  • First woman, Dianne Feinstein, to emcee the ceremony
Among the inaugural items available from HISTORY YOU CAN OWN are Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and Jon F Kennedy’s Inaugural Address.

Prices range from $200 to $32,000.  Seth Kaller is available in-studio or at SETH KALLER INC. to discuss and show you inaugural items below and more. Also view more items at www.sethkaller.com.   
George Washington’s Inaugural Address, early printing in The American Museum magazine.  #22316  $2,400
George Washington's inaugural address: early printing in the Connecticut Journal, with a description of the inaugural festivities in New York.  $2,750
Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address: exceedingly rare broadside  $32,000
“We have called by different names brethren of the same principle.  We are all republicans; we are all federalists…”
John Adams's Inaugural Address, with Thomas Jefferson's Vice Presidential speech, in the Connecticut Journal, $1,900
Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address: First Day, Front Page Printing in Horace Greely's New York Tribune. #22864  $2,000
Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address  #30001.21  $750  
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Ribbon with quote from second inaugural address.  #22050  $350  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Miniature limited edition book (2" x 3") printing his four Inaugural Addresses.  $200
Harry Truman's 1949 Inaugural guest list penned by Truman.  $1,500
John F Kennedy Inaugural Address broadside. #22813  $380.
“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,”
Kaller has spent the last two decades buying, selling, and authenticating documents, letters, and artifacts from some of America's most historic figures.

Kaller has built museum-quality collections for individuals and institutions and has handled important manuscripts and printed documents relating to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; leaves from a draft of George Washington’s inaugural address; and Abraham Lincoln- signed copies of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.

He has discovered many items that have been purchased and then donated to leading museums
“History You Can Own” is a collaboration between Seth Kaller of Seth Kaller, Inc. in White Plains, John Reznikoff of University Archives in Westport and Stephen Rockwell Desloge, owner of the six Rockwell Galleries in Fairfield County as well as Tiffany Benincasa owner of the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich.