Just something old to play with

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Just something old to play with

Postby CJRyan » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:09 pm

This item was commissioned to Thomas Constantine in 1819. He built 48 of them.

I personally think the piece is too heavy. But I guess it was built to withstand lot's of abuse, like fists being pounded on the desktop. As they are still intact today the price of $34 dollars was a good deal.

Apparently, by 1896 there was so much hot air in the room that defusers were added to the feet for addition fresh air.

The original design was modified in the early 1900's with the addition of a second compartment on the top.
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Re: Just something old to play with

Postby davidheim1 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:19 am

Very nice model. Was the original a school desk? Something for a legislature?
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Re: Just something old to play with

Postby CJRyan » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:48 am

David, this is one of the now 100 desks in the US Senate.

I had to do a lot of guessing, apparently, the first 48 were all different and it showed in all the different photos I looked at.

The last four were built in 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii became states.

They have a rich history.

https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/ar ... erview.cfm
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Re: Just something old to play with

Postby HornOxx » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:40 am

...a good idea to model this particular "a lot of guessing" furniture :D Thanks for sharing it!
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Re: Just something old to play with

Postby tuna1957 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:19 pm

Nice :thumb:
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Re: Just something old to play with

Postby CJRyan » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:27 pm

Thank's all. I stumbled across this while I was researching something else, and was fascinated by the history of the desks.
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