Prominently engraved at top is the Great Seal of the United States. A spreadwing eagle holds up a stars and stripes shield on its chest. The eagle’s right talon clutches an olive branch. The eagle's left (sinister) talon holds a bundle of crossed arrows. When Charles Thomson put together the final design for the Great Seal, the official description describes the bald eagle holding "in his sinister, a bundle of thirteen arrows." The thirteen arrows are tightly aligned – a symbol of "strength in unity" that can be found in traditional cultures everywhere, from the Romans to the Iroquois. In this case, the bundle is a nod to the unity of the original thirteen colonies. In the eagle’s beak is waving ribbon which reads “E Pluribus Unum”, Latin for “Out of many, one.” A blue War office seal is affixed at bottom left.
In the top left corner is an inscribed and stamped record of the Adjutant General’s Office. The record reads, “AUG 26, 1903.” The Acting Adjutant General endorsed the record in black ink.
To the left of the Appointment is a Theodore Roosevelt seated portrait. The black and white portrait is a print of a photograph taken on January 1, 1900.
The signed appointment is in good condition, consistent with age and gentle use. Engraved document on parchment, completed by hand. Some staining at right edge, writing a bit faded. The Appointment measures 16” H x 21" W.
Roosevelt’s signature is strong, legible, and in black ink. The original blue War Office seal still remains intact and affixed to the document at bottom left.
The Presidential appointment and photograph have been artfully housed in a custom beaded black and gold frame, with linen top mats and windows to display each item. They have been framed to highest conservation standards, with acid-free mats and backing and UV conservation clear glass. Framed dimensions: 28"H x 47" W x 3"D.