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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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John F. Kennedy Uncirculated 1/2 Dollar Collection
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
John F. Kennedy Uncirculated 1/2 Dollar Collection
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$709 Bids
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A RARE DIVISION ONE BRASS HEAD POLITICAL BUTTON
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A RARE DIVISION ONE BRASS HEAD POLITICAL BUTTON
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $500
$1604 Bids
Zachary Taylor, 12th US President
Oct 27, 1:00 PM CDT
Zachary Taylor, 12th US President
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $200- $300
$2254 Bids
4- ABRAHAM LINCOLN MOURNING RIBBONS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
4- ABRAHAM LINCOLN MOURNING RIBBONS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$2504 Bids
GEORGE H. BUSH
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
GEORGE H. BUSH
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $150
$1204 Bids
Abraham Lincoln and Family Related Items
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
Abraham Lincoln and Family Related Items
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$503 Bids
1920 Theodore Roosevelt Metal Plaque by James Earl Fraser
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
1920 Theodore Roosevelt Metal Plaque by James Earl Fraser
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
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ALS by Norwegian Violinist Ole Bull from Selma, Alabama, to the President of NY Philharmonic Society
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
ALS by Norwegian Violinist Ole Bull from Selma, Alabama, to the President of NY Philharmonic Society
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $300- $400
$2503 Bids
VINTAGE PRESIDENT EISENHOWER LARGE PHOTO BUTTON
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE PRESIDENT EISENHOWER LARGE PHOTO BUTTON
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$143 Bids
BRICK FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S HOME
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
BRICK FROM ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S HOME
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $150
$903 Bids
AUTOGRAPHED JOHN F. KENNEDY 8 X 10 PHOTOGRAPH
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
AUTOGRAPHED JOHN F. KENNEDY 8 X 10 PHOTOGRAPH
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $150
$302 Bids
DISPLAY CASE OF VINTAGE JIMMY CARTER POLITICAL PINBACKS
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
DISPLAY CASE OF VINTAGE JIMMY CARTER POLITICAL PINBACKS
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
ANTIQUE THEODORE ROOSEVELT FLO BLUE PLATE
Oct 22, 4:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE THEODORE ROOSEVELT FLO BLUE PLATE
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
ABRAHAM LINCOLN RIBBON & PIN BACK BUTTONS
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ABRAHAM LINCOLN RIBBON & PIN BACK BUTTONS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
1865 ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN, BARCLAY
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
1865 ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN, BARCLAY
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
ABRAHAM LINCOLN EPHEMERA & MORE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ABRAHAM LINCOLN EPHEMERA & MORE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
DONALD TRUMP Keep America Great 2020 Campaign Coin Set
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
DONALD TRUMP Keep America Great 2020 Campaign Coin Set
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
DONALD TRUMP 2020 Campaign Parody Clad Gold Coin Set
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
DONALD TRUMP 2020 Campaign Parody Clad Gold Coin Set
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
DONALD TRUMP 2020 Campaign Advertising Parody Bills
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
DONALD TRUMP 2020 Campaign Advertising Parody Bills
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
1864 PRESDENTIAL ELECTION CANDIDATES
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
1864 PRESDENTIAL ELECTION CANDIDATES
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
MINIATURE BRASS BOOK ABRAHAM LINCOLN LOCKET
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
MINIATURE BRASS BOOK ABRAHAM LINCOLN LOCKET
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
OHIO 1864 PRESIDENTIAL TICKET & MORE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
OHIO 1864 PRESIDENTIAL TICKET & MORE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Executive Branch


Milestone Auctions

Milestone Auctions

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Early American History Auctions

Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC