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    U.S. House of Representatives: Circa 1857 Desk and Chair.
    The oak desk and chair in this lot was used in Congress from 1857 to 1873. The pair were designed by Thomas U. Walter, the architect of the Capitol. His renovations culminated in the enlarged dome surmounted by a statue of a Native American princess, emblematic of Liberty. Chairs and desks were ordered as part of an 1857 renovation of the House, overseen by Montgomery C. Meigs. There were 241 Congressmen at that time. When 11 states seceded from the Union, the number of members was reduced to 175. Excess furniture was then distributed to other government buildings and sold to the public. The desk was manufactured by Doe & Hazelton of Boston while the chairs were made by Bembe & Kimble located at 20 Broadway in Manhattan. The desk has a Federal shield decorated with stars and stripes on the top gallery facade, extensive carving including a globe in the half round inscribed "America", four stars encased in circular frames, a lattice-work screen and a hidden shelf. It is 34.5" tall, 29" wide and 21" deep. It has a hinged slant lid with writing compartment. The matching chair is 35" tall, 21" wide and 22" deep. The chair has its original brass castors and has been reupholstered in brown naugahyde. The desk has a lateral crack running across the writing surface of the lid and a smaller vertical crack. There is a paper label on the underside of the lid of the instrument well. It is inscribed "Hon. John Lynch [illegible] Portland, Maine". There is also a small brass tag attached to the top railing inscribed "No. 19 E". The desk and chair belonged to the great great grandfather of the consignor, John Lynch, who represented the first district of Maine from 1865 to 1873. He took his seat while Lincoln was still President. The top part of the desk shows good honest use. Neither item has been refinished. Both are in very good condition.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
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