American Eagle Round Box

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Detailed in 22-carat gold, this round box emblazons the American Eagle in red, white, and blue, in a similar but not exact manner of the Presidential seal, as the President is the only authorized user. The Presidential seal is derived from the Seal of the United States. The cobalt blue decoration hales from the colonial days in America, when Chinese Export blue porcelain was seen in the most fashionable homes (circa 1700-1776).

The design of the first Seal of the United States of America was created by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson at the request of the Continental Congress. The design was approved on June 20, 1782.

The Presidential seal shows the American bald eagle holding a ribbon in its beak; the ribbon has the motto of the USA, "E paribus UNM "Out of many, one." The eagle is clutching an olive branch (with 13 olives and 13 leaves) in one foot (symbolizing peace) and 13 arrows in the other (the 13 stands for the original 13 colonies and the arrows symbolize the acceptance of the need to go to war to protect the country).

A shield is in front of the eagle; the shield has 13 red and white stripes (representing the original 13 colonies) with a blue bar above it (it symbolizes the uniting of the 13 colonies and represents congress). Above the eagle are 13 white clouds, 13 white stars, and many tiny stars. 50 white stars surround the eagle in a circle (on a deep blue field).

The first President who used a presidential seal was Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880.