Desk Used in the United States House of Representatives, 1857-1873

Summary

This desk and its companion chair (68.127.1) were designed by architect Thomas U. Walter for the United States House of Representatives Chamber in 1857, as part of an expansion of the Capitol. The pieces look impressive--but members of the House complained that they were too cumbersome. Within two years, many of the chairs were sold; by 1873 all of the pieces were removed.

This desk and its companion chair (68.127.1) were designed by architect Thomas U. Walter for the United States House of Representatives Chamber in 1857, as part of an expansion of the Capitol. The pieces look impressive--but members of the House complained that they were too cumbersome. Within two years, many of the chairs were sold; by 1873 all of the pieces were removed.

Artifact

Davenport (Desk)

Date Made

1857

Creators

Bembe & Kimbel 

Doe, Hazelton & Company 

Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887 

Place of Creation

United States, District of Columbia, Washington 

United States, Massachusetts, Boston 

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Designed by Thomas U. Walter; made by Bembe & Kimbel of New York City, New York or Doe, Hazelton & Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

78.84.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Oak

Technique

Woodcarving

Dimensions

Height: 33.5 in

Width: 29.125 in

Length: 20.875 in

Inscriptions

Carved on orb on front of desk: AMERICA