I’ve always been fascinated by the Resolute Desk.
It was made from the timbers of HMS Resolute, an abandoned British ship discovered by an American vessel and returned to the Queen of England as a token of friendship and goodwill. When the ship was retired, Queen Victoria commissioned the desk and presented to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880.
The desk has twice been modified. Franklin Roosevelt had the whole desk raised on a 2 inch base to accommodate his wheelchair. He also requested that the kneehole be fitted with a modesty panel carved with the presidential seal (he preferred people not see his leg braces and often placed a waste basket in front of his desks), but he did not live to see it installed. However, President Truman like the eagle motif and had it installed when he came into office in 1945.
Every president since Hayesâ€”except Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Fordâ€”has used the Resolute desk, although some chose to use it in their private study in the Residence.
Well, it turns out you can buy a replica of the Resolute Desk.
Prices start at $7520.