14 - 15 February 2001
TWO PEWTER SHARPENING STEELS OF HISTORIC INTEREST
Signed by Arnold Berge, Val-Kill, Hyde Park, New York, circa 1930
In the Danish style, each engraved with the Roosevelt crest, marked on handles
10in. (25.5cm.) and 13in. (33cm.) long (2)
These sharpening steels were commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a Christmas present for Eleanor Roosevelt. They were made at the Val-Kill Industries workshops at Hyde Park which Eleanor Roosevelt set up in 1925. Arnold Berge was head of the Pewter Enterprise at the Val-Kill Industries.
A photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Val-Kill furniture workshops is illustrated in Richard Harrity and Ralph G. Martin, Eleanor Roosevelt. Her Life in Pictures, 1958, p. 107.
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