Scarce Vintage Limoges France 1900's White House Presidential China 3" Match Holder from the Washington DC National Remembrance Shop
National Remembrance Shop, Washington, DC
The National Remembrance Shop (19th C.-circa 1924), was located at 1333 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. and is long defunct as a company. To be more specific, they were located on the second block between the Washington Post and Times Buildings, one-half block below Willard’s Hotel, directly across from the Mt. Vernon Railway Station, and within five minutes’ walk of the White House, U.S. Treasury, State, War and Navy Departments, and their old location is now the site of the Marriott Hotel and National Shops Mall (from research). The N.R.S. proudly would state in their advertisements;
“EVERYONE visiting Washington desires to take away something as a remembrance of the visit to the nation's Capital, or as a gift for the friends at home. It is the aim of the National Remembrance Shop to supply such things that shall have also some artistic merit. Here are sold wares of gold, silver, wood, china, leather. Pictures. Books of Views and all sorts of things suitable as souvenirs or gifts. The prices are reasonable; the goods are well made and serviceable, and withal pleasing to the eye, even the most inexpensive articles (and there are many such) being of a character to appeal to persons of cultivated taste. The Remembrance Shop is unique in its furnishings and general character, and on its tables are shown many odd things not to be found elsewhere. You are cordially invited to inspect the articles shown here. All visitors are equally welcome, whether purchasers or not. No one is ever urged to buy.” –(Quote from 1903 ad in: A Practical Guide to the Library of Congress Paintings, by Foster & Reynolds, Washington, 1903).
Tremendously popular in the early 1900's was China decorated with the "Great Seal of the United States" and made especially for the National Remembrance Shop in Washington DC. Tea Sets, Dinner Sets, and Luncheon Sets and their individual pieces were highly popular. No other shop in America sold this special China making pieces today scarce indeed.
This is a fine early 1900's Limoges France scarce White House Presidential China Match Holder made especially for the Washington DC National Remembrance Shop. Very often, the larger pieces....Plates....Bowls....Tea Pots....with have the Remembrance Stamp on it, whereas the smaller items will not.
The highly collectible Match Holder measures 3" tall, 4-3/8" long & 3-1/8" wide. It displays the US Great Seal, on both sides....with the American Eagle holding olive branches in one talon, signifying Peace...and arrows being held in the other talon, signifying War. The Match Holder has been heavily gilded in bright fire gold including the top rim, base, and outer rim.
The Presidential Match Holder is in excellent condition and totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage.....with the gold being excellent with minor light wear.
The Presidential Match Holder displays an early "Limoges France",
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