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The Working White House: Inkwell - Photo 1

The Working White House: Inkwell - Photo 1

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Lent by Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

The Working White House: Inkwell - Photo 1

Inkwell, c. 1901. Prizefighter Robert Fitzsimmons, a close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, had been trained as a blacksmith and enjoyed using his talents to create small mementos. He made this silver inkwell for the president, who in turn presented it as a souvenir to his trusted valet, James Amos. Amos counted it among his treasures for many years, eventually donating it to the Theodore Roosevelt birthplace in New York.

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