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The Old Senate Chamber

Senate President's Desk

Maker: Probably made by William Tuck (c. 1774-1813) in the shop of John Shaw, 1797
Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneers, and dark and light wood linay with tulip poplar
MSA SC 1545-0749
Photograph by Gavin Ashworth
Senate President's Desk

In December 1796, the Maryland Senate commissioned cabinetmaker John Shaw to provide “twenty-four handsome commodious chairs to be made for the accommodation of the senate, amongst which shall be a presidential chair.”

The following year, Shaw delivered the 24 upholstered armchairs, as well as a desk for the president, and 10 additional senator’s desks. The 1797 furniture remained in use in the Old Senate Chamber until sometime between 1837-1845.