Her many career paths included being the society columnist for The Washington Post and one of the few western correspondents to work for Nelson Rockefeller during the Second World War. She reported directly from Eastern Europe right after the war and was accredited to the Potsdam conference. She was also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves and the first woman to ride in an Air Force jet trainer.
The plates are nearly all decorated with military subjects. Estimates range from $1000-1500 up to $30,000-40,000 for the most expensive, which includes this pair of 9½ (24cm) Nicholas I period plates (one restored) each dated 1843, decorated with trophies to the gilt borders and painted with scenes of military cadets.