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The Interesting History Of The Resolute Desk

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Submitted 2010-04-06 00:00:00
The Resolute desk has used in the Oval Office since President Rutherford Hayes. It has seen several personal items from the presidents it's served. The desk has also undergone two modifications: first to accommodate President Roosevelt's wish to cover the kneehole with modesty panel carved with the presidential seal and the second was to raise the desk two inches to clear President Reagan's knee from the desk. So to personalize and to emulate the Oval Office's famous desk in your own Resolute Desk replica, you can also add similar items that have graced the desk's top since President Hayes.

The two most famous desk items that have graced the real Resolute Desk were President Harry Truman's plaque and President John Kennedy's special coconut paperweight.

President Truman had his motto "The buck stops here!" painted on a dark colored glass with the backside reading "I'm from Missouri." The glass was mounted on an ornate walnut base and the plaque graced the Resolute Desk while Truman was in office. "The buck stops here!" motto means that President Truman can't and won't pass the buck to some else. If decisions are to be made by the President of the United States, he may have advisers but when it comes down to business, President Truman selects the matter himself. And the words on the backside say about the skeptical nature of the people from Missouri where Truman came from.

And when it's President Kennedy's turn to use the Resolute Desk, he placed his SOS coconut shell as a paperweight. The story was when Kennedy was stranded in the Solomon Islands when he served as commander of the PT19, he carved an SOS message that reads "NAURO ISL...COMMANDER...NATIVE KNOWS POS'IT...HE CAN PILOT...11 ALIVE...NEED SMALL BOAT...KENNEDY" on a coconut shell. He asked two natives to bring the shell to PT base and they were rescued. Later he encased the shell in wood and polished it well to become a work of art that serves as paperweight on the Resolute Desk.

You too can personalize your Resolute Desk replica by placing important items on the desk. The Resolute Desk is pretty wide and sturdy so that you can place virtually anything on top of it without worrying about limiting space or ruining the desk. For example, since the Resolute Desk has a Victorian design, a Victorian desk lamp is perfect to complement the historic table. The table goes well in almost all office designs even if it's not Victorian; it's perfect for use in a study or a library too.

A Resolute Desk replica is usually made of fine mahogany and crafted by skilled woodworkers to resemble the exact carvings and design of the original Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. You can order one from special furniture makers or you can shop one from the Internet to be delivered right in your office or, wherever you fancy the Resolute Desk is. Your dream of using a Resolute Desk doesn't have to stay a dream forever because you can buy an exact replica easily.

Copyright (c) 2010 Diane Wells
Author Resource:- Antique Replica Furniture specializes in hand-carved mahogany replicas of English Antiques in Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Regency, Queen Anne and english Victorian styles furniture. Visit to learn more.
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