Lot 67: Elvis Presley Owned and Worn "E.A.P." Gold ID Bracelet - Later Owned by Joe Esposito
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Identification bracelets came into use during WWII as the precursor to the dog tag, and listed all the information about a soldier should he not be able to convey the information himself. Even after the war, servicemen continued to wear their bracelets as a badge of honor. The ID bracelets hit mainstream popularity in the 1970s and Elvis, always at the height of fashion, had one. Elvis' had a nameplate that was simply engraved "E.A.P." The 14 karat gold bracelet weighs a total of 47.6 grams, with a 5-strand gold-mesh rope bracelet and fold-over clasp marked "Z&F." The bracelet comes with a letter from Joe Esposito that states in part, "This 14K gold ID Bracelet with the gold mesh bracelet once belonged to Elvis Presley. Elvis had E.A.P. engraved on it. He purchased it in Las Vegas at the Thunderbird Hotel Jewelry store. He purchased it during the 1970's. It was during one of his engagements. I don't remember how long he had it before he gave it to one of his girlfriends as a gift. In the early 1980's she called me at my home and told me she was having some financial problems. She wanted to know if I knew someone who would buy it from her. I was the one who bought it." This very personal memento worn by Elvis measures 7 1/2 inches (19.05 cm) in length and 5/8 inch (1.58 cm) in width and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The bracelet shows signs of wear, with scuffing and minor scratches, and one small area of separation in the band. Excellent condition.