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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

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Antique "For President" Theodore Roosevelt Political Celluloid Pinback Button w/ Backpaper
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique "For President" Theodore Roosevelt Political Celluloid Pinback Button w/ Backpaper
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1207 Bids
20 POLITICAL BUTTONS
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
20 POLITICAL BUTTONS
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $60- $70
$804 Bids
(5) Vintage Us Presidents Cards
Feb 26, 2:00 PM EST
(5) Vintage Us Presidents Cards
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$102 Bids
ROOSEVELT & WALLACE 1940 JUGATE CAMPAIGN POSTER
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
ROOSEVELT & WALLACE 1940 JUGATE CAMPAIGN POSTER
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $60- $120
$402 Bids
KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963). Photograph Inscribed to Illin...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963). Photograph Inscribed to Illin...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $1,500- $3,500
$8002 Bids
George Washington Peace Medallion with Trade Beads Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Mar 03, 1:00 PM CST
George Washington Peace Medallion with Trade Beads Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
COOLIDGE DAWES 1924 JUGATE CAMPAIGN POSTER
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
COOLIDGE DAWES 1924 JUGATE CAMPAIGN POSTER
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
JIMMY CARTER PEANUT CAMPAIGN POSTER
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
JIMMY CARTER PEANUT CAMPAIGN POSTER
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
32 POLITICAL BUTTONS WITH DISPLAY CASE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
32 POLITICAL BUTTONS WITH DISPLAY CASE
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $80- $160
$401 Bid
Trump 45th US President, First Term Highlights Card-Rare-Gem Mint 10, Sealed, WCG/Own History!
Feb 27, 5:00 PM EST
Trump 45th US President, First Term Highlights Card-Rare-Gem Mint 10, Sealed, WCG/Own History!
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
Marx Figurines
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Marx Figurines
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
(2) 1952 Topps Look N See Washington/lincoln
Mar 04, 2:00 PM EST
(2) 1952 Topps Look N See Washington/lincoln
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$51 Bid
(2) 1952 Topps Look N See Fdr/teddy Roosevelt
Mar 04, 2:00 PM EST
(2) 1952 Topps Look N See Fdr/teddy Roosevelt
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$51 Bid
Winston Churchill - an interesting collection of prints, portraits and ephemera (qty)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM GMT
Winston Churchill - an interesting collection of prints, portraits and ephemera (qty)
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £0- £0
£51 Bid
Young Fidel Castro Photo Print
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Young Fidel Castro Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
Presidential Decree: 1941 War Declaration by Franklin D. Roosevelt Wall Art Poster - 20" x 16"
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
Presidential Decree: 1941 War Declaration by Franklin D. Roosevelt Wall Art Poster - 20" x 16"
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $140- $240
$700 Bids
Monochrome Tribute Portrait of President John F. Kennedy Wall Art Canvas - 20" x 16"
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
Monochrome Tribute Portrait of President John F. Kennedy Wall Art Canvas - 20" x 16"
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
George Washington Crossing the Delaware Canvas Reproduction
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
George Washington Crossing the Delaware Canvas Reproduction
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $275- $375
$2000 Bids
John F. Kennedy Commemorative Bust Sculpture - (3.3lbs)
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Commemorative Bust Sculpture - (3.3lbs)
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Vintage 1950s 60s Nixon Kennedy Ike Eisenhower Campaign Political Presidential Pinback Buttons
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage 1950s 60s Nixon Kennedy Ike Eisenhower Campaign Political Presidential Pinback Buttons
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$330 Bids
Antique Woman's Roosevelt Memorial Association Service Pin. Bronze
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique Woman's Roosevelt Memorial Association Service Pin. Bronze
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$140 Bids
US FIRST DAY COVER In MEMORIAM Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
US FIRST DAY COVER In MEMORIAM Franklin D. Roosevelt
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$40 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Executive Branch


Fairhill Auction LLC

Fairhill Auction LLC

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Nate D Sanders Auctions

Nate D Sanders Auctions

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online