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An American House of Representatives Carved Oak Desk, c. 1856, attributed to Doe Hazelton & Co., Boston, brass tag "No. 36", stenciled "G1" under drawer; the galleried top centered by a Federal crest, slant front writing surface with lift top and bracket supports, trellised screen and low shelf, volute return feet, height 36 in., width 29 1/2 in., depth 20 1/2 in Note: This desk follows a design by Thomas Ustick Walter for the House of Representatives Chamber in use after 1857. Desks in the chamber were of two forms: a two-compartment desk and a single seat desk such as the lot featured here. Chairs for the U.S. House Chamber had already been ordered from the Bembe and Kimball firm of New York when Montgomery Meigs, who supervised the construction of the wings and dome of the Capitol from 1853 to 1859, sent images of the chair design to the Doe Hazelton firm of Boston for construction of 262 of the accompanying desks. The desks were in use until 1873 when they were gifted or sold to Congressmen. An illustration of the United States House Chamber in the March 1865 edition of Frank Leslie's Illustrated News announcing the passage of the 13th Constitutional Amendment abolishing slavery depicts a desk like the one seen here in detail. Historic House of Representatives desks...

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0304: House of Representatives Desk Doe Hazelton & Co.

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000Apr 21, 2012
New Orleans, LA, USA