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    Seal of the Secretary of the Senate. 3.25" tall seal with tapered, carved, turned handle. The brass or steel component on the bottom is the seal itself. It measures .75" in diameter. The design elements are an eagle grasping an olive branch and three arrows, twenty-eight stars and the wording "Office of Secretary of the Senate U. S. A." The 28 stars would date it 1845-1846 but, given its similarity to President Lincoln's seal, it may be of Civil War vintage. If so, it would have been used by John W. Forney (in office July 15, 1861 to June 4, 1868), editor of the pro-administration "Washington Chronicle". There is no documentation that accompanies the piece, but it is patently of the period.

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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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