The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Captivated by anything related to law enforcement, Elvis frequently made requests to the Shelby County Sheriff’s department for badges and law enforcement authority, and given his unwavering support, they were always happy to oblige. Elvis received an honorary Sheriff badge from Bill Morris in 1970. Elvis’ strong relationship with the Shelby County Sheriff’s department continued through the years and in 1976, Gene Barksdale, Sheriff of Shelby County at the time, awarded Elvis with the appointment of Honorary Deputy Sheriff. It is said that Elvis was so keenly fascinated by the Sheriff’s role and title that Elvis had previously joked that he would go to any length to achieve it, including running for the post. Gene Barksdale, likely recalling that past quip, acquiesced to Elvis by officially making him Honorary Deputy Sheriff. As Special Deputy, Elvis enjoyed full status as a law enforcement officer, including the ability to brandish a firearm and make arrests. Elvis would often gift his trademark TCB necklaces to those close to him and the official officers of law enforcement certainly fit squarely in the category of those Elvis respected and admitred. In 1969 and into the 1970s Elvis was known to refer to his band as “TCB” which stood for “Taking Care of Business.” The acronym became Elvis’ slogan and was often accompanied by a lightning bolt which had the further meaning of taking care of business “in a flash.” This personal motto was favored and used frequently by Elvis, who utilized the acronym on everything from sunglasses, jackets, identification cards, stationery and of course the necklaces he would give to those close to him.

The offered TCB necklace gifted to Assistant Chief Deputy Parker by Elvis comes with a letter from Michael Jensen that recounts his acquisition of the necklace from former Assistant Chief H.L. Parker of the Shelby County Sheriff’s department and states in part, “I would go on ride alongs with several of the deputy’s [sic] in the mid to late 70’s to provide backup assistance as needed. In doing so I became familiar with many of the officers including Asst. Chief Deputy Parker. He told me many great stories over the years that occurred during his career with the Shelby Country Sheriff’s Dept. On one occasion he told me that Elvis Presley came to the Sheriff’s office located on Popular Ave to have his picture taken and pick up his own credentials as Elvis was an actual Chief Deputy for the Sheriff’s office under Nixon and Barksdale. Asst Chief Parker and Elvis swapped stories on many occasions and one evening Elvis gave him this 14kt gold pendant. I have owned Elvis’s TCB pendant for the past 22 years before selling it.” An additional letter from Lee Ableser, president of Ableser’s Jewlery, is also included and states, “The T.C.B. PENDANT (Take Care of Business) is made from the original mold that ELVIS PRESLEY and LEE ABLESER designed, which ELVIS gave out to all his employees and his close personal friends. The T.C.B. pendant and neck chain are in 14Kt. solid gold.” 

This 14-karat yellow gold TCB with lightning bolt pendant measures 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm) in length and is suspended from a gold rope chain that measures 24 inches (60.96 cm) in length. This example of the trademark TCB necklace gifted by Elvis is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The necklace presents with moderate wear from use. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned TCB Necklace Gifted to Assistant Chief Deputy Parker of the Shelby County Sheriffs Office
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $7,500.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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