You can't really have the Resolute Desk - even its replica - in your office without knowing its heartwarming and cozy history. After all, your visitors might ask you why for all desk designs you chose the Resolute Desk, which seem bulky at the look. So here's a piece of history which all Americans ought to learn.
History of the Resolute Desk
When HMS Resolute was broken up in 1879, Queen Victoria commissioned fine British woodworkers to fashion a desk out of her fine wood to be presented to the president of the United Sates in 1880, President Rutherford Hayes. The queen made this gesture as a token of appreciation for the Americans' generosity of restoring one of their important ships, HMS Resolute, and returning her back to Britain as a gift. HMS Resolute was commissioned under Captain Edward Belcher to search for the long missing British explorer Sir John Franklin together with his fleet.
When the search proved too much for Belcher, he abandoned the search and HMS Resolute together with HMS Intrepid, and he went home to Britain to face trial for his acts together with other fleet captains under his command. HMS Resolute was found by one American explorer James Buddington who brought her back to New London. That's when the Americans' thought about the idea of restoring the ship and returning it as gift to Britain in the height of a looming American-British war.
Why own a Resolute Desk Replica
If you can't have the original thing, so why own a replica? Well, for many reasons.
Aside from the rich history that a replica Resolute Desk represents, the desk is an exquisite design of the Victorian era. The intricate carving, shelves design, leather top, and the kind of wood that goes into the making of replica Resolute Desks are worth the money. Your office will look more classic and homey with a Resolute Desk compared to a boring mass-produced office tables that noticeably lack character.
If you have a Resolute Desk in your office, you're not only paying a tribute to the British-American long-standing friendship, you're also perpetuating the great story that started the desk. Each replica Resolute Desk are made from fine mahogany or oak and fashioned by skilled craftsman so that they resemble the real thing. Even the sizes and the look of the drawers are also carefully replicated to conform to the purpose and usefulness of the original desk in the Oval Office. You'll not only have a beautiful, history-rich desk in your office, you'll have something that can last for generations to come to bequeath as an heirloom.
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