Oval Office Desk
This is the President of United States of America's Resolute Desk - 72"L x 48"D x 30"T - This desk is a nineteenth century partners' desk that is frequently selected by U.S. presidents for use in the White House Oval Office.
It was a present from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880, and built from the timbers of the British barque-rigged ship HMS Resolute. Every president since Hayes, except Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford, have used this desk. President George W. Bush had the desk moved to the Treaty Room in the Executive Residence, but President Bill Clinton returned the Resolute to the Oval Office.
This Furnishing Is Over 130 Years Old
Scottsdale Art Factory Can Recreate This Desk - As Original Works - From Thick Natural Air Dried Old Reclaimed Ships Timbers Found In The Deep Sea.
Most of this reclaimed timber is from the 15-18th century sunken ships. This material would be as close as any one can get to the wood used in the presidents desk when it was built by Queen Victoria in 1792. Using this solid timber and the hands of our master carvers. All design carving is a solid part of the main structure, no glued up, added on design pieces, veneers or fake materials. All of our processes are the same processes as used by the craftsmen in the 18th century.
When The Price Matters Scottsdale Art Factory Can Recreate This Desk As Limited Edition Works using mahogany or oak solid timber and the hands of our master carvers. All design carving is a solid part of the main structure, no glued up, added on design pieces, veneers or fake materials. All of our processes are the same processes as used by the craftsmen in the 18th century.
This desk is just like the original in every detail, even down to the screws used to lock the doors in the desk pedestals.
The The Resolute Desk is hand carved and made from start to finish by our master carvers who have obtained their skills from generations before them. There are no production lines with this desk! The drawers are all hand dovetailed with solid wood drawer bottoms, just like the original.
The only modern change we have made with this resolute desk is the file drawers are on slides, otherwise it would be like going back in time and seeing the desk as it was originally made.
We antique the resolute desk to look just like the original back in 1880. Finally, before the desk is ready to be shipped to you, we apply the fine Scottish leather hides on the desk top. We use only full hides which show the beauty and luxury of this leather. The Desk leather top is then gold gilded by hand and sealed.
Words From Queen Victoria - The front side has doors with drawers above, the centre drawer has a copy of the original brass plate with the words from Queen Victoria to the President and people of the United States.
Underneath this plate is the famous Presidential Seal carved on the secret door. This door was made famous when John Jr. was seen poking his head through it whilst having a playful time with his father, President JFK.
The opposite side features doors and drawers with additional file drawers behind the doors with drawers above.
Additional features can be incorporated such as cable holes for computers, telephones and keyboards if required.
All Drawers And Slides Are Full Extension easy glide tracks. Each drawer is fitted with custom, hand forged, solid steel hardware. Mar proof leveling feet are included.
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We Hand Craft All Desk Designs - Let Us Redesign To Create Your Personal "One Of A kind In The World Heirloom Desk" - Epidermis Hide Leather Chairs - 8 Way Tied Suspension Seats - Original Craft, Not Reproduction, Made In The Same Hand And Materials As The Original - Custom Designed From The Historic Record - Hand Hewn, Mortise And Tenon Joined (means master crafted no fast process) - All Species Of Wood Available - Structural Frames Using Solid Full Length Timber (no fake laminates, scarf joints or glued up parts, no veneers - no glue ups - no bolt ons) - Master Craftsmanship That Insures Your Furnishing Will Stand The Test Of Time - A True Family Heirloom And Valuable Future Antiquity - All Carvings Hand Carved By Our Master Carvers (no cnc, faux casted resin carving or gang carving) - Fine Art 10 Process Hand Rubbed Finished To World Class Antique Collectors Standards (no spray on faux fast paint jobs) - Best Fabrics - Full Grain Leathers (processed in American tanneries only) - Guaranteed Forever - Backed By Over A Century Of Fine Craftsmanship Since 1913.
Master Blacksmithing - Solid Hand Forged Wrought Iron (no castings or hollow faux metals) by the hand of a genuine master craftsman using age old tried and tested techniques. All heat applied iron oxide hand patina finished (no powder coating or faux paint on iron finishes).
Please don't be fooled by our upscale appearance. Our prices are usually lower than lesser quality name brand mass production fast process imports, because "We Are The Factory," building custom handcrafted furniture in America since 1913.
The Resolute Desk - Historical Origin and Design Inspiration
Note: In Respect For The History Of The Resolute Desk - We Do Not Make Poor Quality CNC Carved Oak Replicas. We Only Reproduce In The Same Hand And materials As The Original
The Resolute desk is a , nineteenth-century partners' desk often chosen by presidents of the United States for use in the White House Oval Office. It was a present from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British barque-rigged ship HMS Resolute. Every president since Hayes, except Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford, has used the desk. President George H. W. Bush had the desk moved to the Treaty Room in the Executive Residence because he preferred the desk he used when he was vice president; later, President Bill Clinton returned the Resolute to the Oval Office.
HMS Resolute was part of a four-ship squadron under Edward Belcher sent in the early 1850s to search for famed English explorer Sir John Franklin, who was searching for the Northwest Passage to Asia. The Resolute and one of her sister ships became lodged in the Arctic ice, and after two full seasons, remained stuck. Following the second summer, the commander of the expedition instructed the crews of the two ships to board the two ships that lay outside the ice and sail back to England. After their return, Belcher was court-martialed for abandoning a seaworthy vessel, as the Resolute broke loose of the ice the subsequent summer and was found by an American fishing vessel captained by James Buddington.
The Resolute was towed into port and purchased by Congress for $40,000 and refitted. The Resolute was presented to Queen Victoria on December 17, 1856 as a token of peace. The Resolute served in the Royal Navy for 23 years following its return. When the ship was decommissioned in 1879, the British government arranged for a desk to be made from its timbers. It was built by William Evenden, a skilled joiner employed at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham. It was presented to President Hayes on 23 November 1880.
A plate on the front of the desk bears the following inscription: H.M.S. RESOLUTE forming part of the expedition sent in search of SIR JOHN FRANKLIN IN 1852, was abandoned in latitude 74 degrees 41 minutes N longitude 101 degrees 22 minutes W on 15th May 1854. She was discovered and extricated in September 1855 in latitude 67 degrees N by Captain Buddington of the United States Whaler GEORGE HENRY.
The ship was purchased, fitted out and sent to England as a gift to HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA by the PRESIDENT AND PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES as a token of goodwill & friendship. This table was made from her timbers when she was broken up, and is presented by the QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES as a memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness which dictated the offer of the gift of the RESOLUTE.
The desk was first commonly used by the president in his private study in the residence either in the present Yellow Oval Room or the Treaty Room. President John F. Kennedy first placed it in the Oval Office in 1961. Some presidents, such as George H. W. Bush, have used the desk in their private study rather than the Oval Office. Presently the desk has been in the Oval Office for the past 16 years, serving Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and current president, Barack Obama.
An exact twin of the American Resolute Desk resided for many years in the Chambers of Her Majesty the Queen in Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK. It was built to be an identical twin from the same timbers. It is currently thought to reside in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, UK.
Modifications - The desk has been modified twice. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a front panel in order to hide his wheelchair. The hinged panel was commissioned in 1944 but was not delivered until 1945, following Roosevelt's death. President Truman had the panel installed anyway. The panel features the presidential seal - one of only four in the White House that have the eagle's head turned towards the 13 arrows in the eagle's left talon, as opposed to the now-official arrangement with the eagle turned towards the olive branch in the right talon with the 13 leaves.
The second modification to the desk was made under Ronald Reagan. President Reagan brought his chair from the capitol in California; it was tall enough that his knees bumped into the desk when he moved. As a result, the desk was raised two inches to accommodate Reagan and his chair; this was achieved by adding a separate, uniform base to the desk to make way for his chair. (Source: wikipedia.org)
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