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U.S. Congressional Carved Oak Desk. Made by Doe Hazelton Company of Boston, Massachusetts in 1857. Designed by U.S. Capitol Architect, Thomas Ustick Walter. This is a double desk numbered "1" and "2" on brass tags affixed to desk. The fact that it is a double desk makes this particular piece incredibly rare and it is interesting to note that one section was used by a Democrat and the other section by a Republican sitting literally at each others elbows. Tags of the Period affixed to the desks "Hon. Oakes Ames North Easton, Massachusetts" the other reads "Hon. Stevenson Archer Bellair, Maryland". These were two of the Representatives that occupied these desks; there were most likely others. The desk remains in original finish, there a few small pieces of decoration missing, it remains in remarkable good condition. Decorations include carved World globes with banner reading "America", American shields with stars and stripes, Patriotic stars and beaded wreaths, scrolling leaves and open fretwork. Note this lot is related to # 140 in today's sale. The desk and chair have descended the years together. An incredibly rare and important piece of American history. 36" tall by 45 3/4" wide by 21" deep.

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1141: Antique U.S. Congressional Carved Oak Desk. Doe H

Estimate $10,000 - $20,000May 25, 2007
Elbridge, NY, USA