The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is delighted to announce a collaboration with City Center D.C.’s most unique retailer, The Great Republic, and Eagle Co.
The Great Republic, a luxury retailer who specializes in rare books, unique treasures and vintage Americana collectables, will provide guests and visitors of The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City an exclusive opportunity to view and shop truly unique, one of a kind pieces. Designed to enhance the rich history surrounding Pentagon City, the boutique will feature items that celebrate American heritage and memorabilia.
In addition to The Great Republic collectable items, a luxury pop-up experience featuring fine jewelry, beautiful timepieces, and exceptional writing instruments provided by Eagle Co. and Eagle Pen Company, is a concept developed by Eddie Papczun- The Great Republic’s founding partner. Eagle Co. has a unique, eclectic vibe - a retailer that strives to “wow” each, and every visitor with its exceptional product mix.Eagle Pen Company is a luxury historic pen maker, creating fine hand made, hand painted writing instruments made with rare historic relics.
A Sampling of Items Featured in the Hotel:
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, First Edition, 1940 This is the first edition of the classic Hemingway novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. For Whom the Bell Tolls is an unembellished, blunt commentary on the nature of war and death. The book draws inspiration from Hemingway’s time as a war correspondent for The North American Newspaper Alliance during the Spanish Civil War. First issue, with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. Published in New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. Interior pages clean, and paper is healthy. Contemporary binding, in white leather and cloth boards with raised bands and matching cloth slipcase. Slipcase features Hemingway's portrait and embossed facsimile signature on the front.
Vintage Washington DC Pennsylvania Railroad Travel Poster, By Walter Calvert, Circa 1955 This is an original vintage, first edition rail poster by artist Walter Calvert, printed for the Pennsylvania Railroad, circa 1955. The Pennsylvania Railroad was founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the “Pennsy,” the PRR was the largest railroad in the U.S. for the entire first half of the twentieth century, and was an extremely passenger-oriented railroad. In this poster we are encouraged to “Go By Train” to see some of the tourist sites in Washington, D.C. including the Capitol Dome, Washington Monument, White House, National Gallery and the Supreme Court. The vintage poster has been framed to archival standards, in a custom black and gold frame.
Declaration of Independence By Eleazar Huntington, Presentation Broadside, c. 1820. This is an early original broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence by Eleazar Huntington, published in Hartford, Connecticut, c.1820. The Declaration of Independence is the foundational document of the United States and has been printed many times since its original publication in 1776. First published as broadsides, then as an essential addition to any volume of laws, it is a basic work in the American canon. Huntington was a master calligrapher and engraver who intentionally retained the “feel” of the original Declaration, while incorporating new styles of presentation into his engraving. Huntington's early broadside of the Declaration often hung in nineteenth-century schoolhouses, which frequently resulted in condition flaws. This rare copy is well printed and is a far superior in quality than most seen. It has been beautifully presented to archival conservation standards in a custom built black and gold frame.
1844 Phelps and Ensign's Travellers' Guide and Map of the United States, Presented with Original Hardware This is Phelps and Ensign's 1844 Travellers Guide Map of the United States, containing the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat and Canal Routes. Published in New York by T. & E. H. Ensign, 1844, this wall map is hand-colored and mounted on linen, presented with its original hanging hardware. The map is a steel engraving, engraved by the Brooklyn-based J. Wells. This important map shows the United States from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains, including the "strawberry" shaped Republic of Texas.
Silver-Plated Airplane-Themed Egg Cup Set, Circa 1910 This is a beautiful silver-plated eggcup and spoon set with an airplane motif, dating to the early 1910s. The set includes four matching footed eggcups. The cups sit upon the stacked wings of a biplane. Four small egg spoons accompany the set. Set is made by James Dixon & Son, 14 St. Andrews Street, Holborn Circus, London. Flight as we know it today, in fixed-wing airplanes, began in the early 20th century, as entrepreneurs and engineers including William E. Boeing, Donald Douglas Sr., James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, and James S. McDonnell began to build on what the Wright Brothers had started not so long before. This hunger and fascination for all things aviation found its way to design, from everywhere to advertisements to clothing designs to table settings.