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C.1878-1881 White House Gift Ladies Dressing Table Vanity Set in Original Cabinet

Lot Number 1739

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A gift of the Gilded Age reminds antique collectors of the grace and charm that was prevalent in high society during the late 1800s with this stately offering. A proponent of the Temperance Movement and the Abolition of Slavery, Lucy Ware Webb Hayes was the first presidential spouse to be widely referred to as the First Lady. Upping the game of her position, she became known as positive role model and a gracious hostess, who regularly brought in young lady relatives and daughters of friends to assist her during social functions. From her husband Rutherford B. Hayes' 1877-1881 term of office, comes this ornate White House vanity gift set.


One of the gifts bestowed upon lady visitors to the White House during the Rutherford Administration, this deluxe ladies dressing table set makes for dynamic display. Measuring 10x14x5, the red velvet cabinet shows moderate all over wear, but remains appealing with intricate design details. The front is decorated with a hand fan featuring an image of the White House at center, with floral elements gracing the north and south ends.  Small bits of the reeded side accent strips are gone, the key for the lock at top is present, however the lock needs repair and one of the two hinges at bottom of the door is broken, but the door still functions as intended. The interior compartment houses (11/12) original accessories, including a variety of brushes, a mirror, a comb, powder containers and more, with one unknown item being absent. Stationed on the underside of the lid, the comb is prominently marked “Celluloid Patd Feb 5 1878”. Bring a bit of the White House to your house with this fabulous piece of presidential memorabilia.

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