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Executive Branch

The executive branch of government is the branch responsible for implementing, supporting and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch of government. It was formed with the development of the United States Constitution in 1789. The branch consists of the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President, and the Cabinet, which includes the heads of 15 government departments, government staff organizations, and other independent agencies.

For those who collect political memorabilia, the term "executive branch" usually refers to the Office of the President of the United States. Presidential memorabilia comes in many forms, including campaign memorabilia, inauguration souvenirs, presidential portraits, photographs, letters, speeches, autographs, books, and other items. Anything pertaining to a past or present president of the United States falls into this category of collecting.

The oldest pieces of United States presidential memorabilia are buttons and flags produced to commemorate the inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States in 1789. Other well-known pieces of presidential memorabilia include the photographs of Abraham Lincoln before and after he grew a beard, Ronald Reagan's cowboy hat, and the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962.


Quick Facts

  • In June 2015, a color jugate banner from the campaign of President James K. Polk sold at auction for $185,000, making it the highest price ever paid for a piece of political memorabilia
  • Abraham Lincoln's spectacles with provenance from his great grandson were sold at auction for $84,422 in June 2013
  • The National Archives of the United States currently maintains 13 presidential libraries, starting with the library of the 31st president, Herbert Hoover. These libraries archive and display large collections of presidential memorabilia from the United States presidents of the 20th and 21st centuries

Recommended Items at Auction

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FRAGMENT FROM THE TOMB OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN TAKEN FROM DEBRIS DURING RENOVATION, 1930.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
FRAGMENT FROM THE TOMB OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN TAKEN FROM DEBRIS DURING RENOVATION, 1930.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2253 Bids
17 ANTIQUE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTON COLLECTION
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
17 ANTIQUE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN BUTTON COLLECTION
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $250
$1103 Bids
George Washington Collection
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
George Washington Collection
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$72 Bids
Roosevelt President Portfolio 
Dec 08, 6:00 PM EST
Roosevelt President Portfolio 
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
George Washington Art Lot
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
George Washington Art Lot
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1502 Bids
'89 Illinois Happy Birthday President Grant Plate
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
'89 Illinois Happy Birthday President Grant Plate
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
(2) '96 Illinois Lincoln Douglas Debates Plates
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
(2) '96 Illinois Lincoln Douglas Debates Plates
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
President Chiang Kai-shek Generals Chou,2 Photos by Wu Chung Yee
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
President Chiang Kai-shek Generals Chou,2 Photos by Wu Chung Yee
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
1968 IL 94th SHRINE IMPERIAL COUNCIL BOOSTER Plate
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
1968 IL 94th SHRINE IMPERIAL COUNCIL BOOSTER Plate
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
Cleveland & Hendricks 1885 Inaugural Ball
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Cleveland & Hendricks 1885 Inaugural Ball
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
President Eisenhower Playing Golf Photo Print
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
President Eisenhower Playing Golf Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
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Framed White House President Reagan 1987 Christmas Card
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Framed White House President Reagan 1987 Christmas Card
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
20th Century Former Presidents Photo Print
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
20th Century Former Presidents Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Original Early 1970's Newspapers, Nixon, Ford, Carter
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Original Early 1970's Newspapers, Nixon, Ford, Carter
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $25- $50
$200 Bids
POLITICAL PIN LOT: (4) NIXON, (3) KENNEDY
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
POLITICAL PIN LOT: (4) NIXON, (3) KENNEDY
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
(3) 1972 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BRACELETS
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
(3) 1972 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BRACELETS
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
1981 Ronald Reagan Inaugural Blazer Button Set
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
1981 Ronald Reagan Inaugural Blazer Button Set
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $40- $60
$100 Bids
Martin Luther King Glass Ornament
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Martin Luther King Glass Ornament
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $50- $100
$450 Bids
Messages and Papers of the Presidents
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Messages and Papers of the Presidents
by Nye & Company
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
HAND COLORED ENGRAVING OF JEFFERSON DAVIS WITH
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
HAND COLORED ENGRAVING OF JEFFERSON DAVIS WITH
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Executive Branch


Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers