A report in from 9news.com is on our favorite subject — P-O-K-E-R in case you haven't guessed it yet! The report is on a poker table that may have belonged to President Harry S. Truman and the question is does antique dealer Gary Stover have one.
Stover runs a booth in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, at The Brass Armadillo antique store. Richard Gurley arrived at the store one day and told Stover he had a piece he wanted to show. The piece turned out to be a poker table that was found by Gurley's son, a construction worker, who was working on cleaning up and throwing away items from Denver's Chessman Park in the basement of a home that had been used as an assisted care facility. Gurley's son took the "old and unusual" looking table home rather than tossing it out with the rest of the disposables. Then Gurley's father found evidence pointing to ownership and authenticity: Two small plaques that read "Harry S. Truman President U.S.A." and "Blair House Washington D.C." were on the table.
The big question is if the table did belong to, and was used by, Harry Truman — Stover believes that the table is worth $30,000 and puts the odds at 85 percent.
In a phone interview Stover told 9NEWS, "They don't always have absolute, 100-percent authentication."
Stover also said he is guessing about the $30,000 asking price and that the value would be closer to $50,000 if he had absolute proof that it was President Truman's poker table.
Evidence points strongly in favor of the table's previous ownership by Truman since Truman's love of poker became more widely known after he left office and Truman lived in the Blair House in Washington from 1948 to 1952 while the White House was under renovation.
The table also has "Marquette Mfg. Co. Ludintong, Mich." on it adding more merit to the authenticity of the table in Stover's eyes since the company was manufacturing furniture in the 1940s.
Then comes the puzzle of solving how the table ended up in Denver. Stover put on his detective hat and started checking out all the possibles. He contacted the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum in Independence, MO, but nothing could be denied or confirmed by the staff as to the authenticity of the table. The trip to Denver may have happened when Charles F. Brannan, Truman's Secretary of Agriculture, returned to Denver after Truman left office in 1953. From Stover's research, he believes Brannan lived close to the Cheesman Park home and the possibility exists that Brannan received the table from Truman and at some point, Brannan may have given it to another friend.
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Image courtesy of The Brass Armadillo.