The silver inkstand in front of Nancy Pelosi during the State of the Union : NPR


The inkstand is taken into account to be the oldest surviving artifact of the Home of Representatives, courting again to the early 1800s. Pelosi had it positioned in entrance of her throughout President Biden’s first State of the Union.

Assortment of the U.S. Home of Representatives


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Assortment of the U.S. Home of Representatives


The inkstand is taken into account to be the oldest surviving artifact of the Home of Representatives, courting again to the early 1800s. Pelosi had it positioned in entrance of her throughout President Biden’s first State of the Union.

Assortment of the U.S. Home of Representatives

Curious as to what’s the silver-looking artifact sitting in entrance of Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi throughout President Biden’s State of the Union handle?

It is a coin-silver inkstand, and it is thought-about to be the oldest surviving artifact of the Home of Representatives — courting again 1810-1820, based on the chamber’s archives. Historically, earlier than the speaker calls every session of the Home to order, the silver inkstand is positioned on the raised platform.

Created by J. Leonard, a Washington silversmith and watchmaker, historians say that it has been part of the Home since 1819 — however that its origins are mysterious.

The Home says the inkstand incorporates three substitute crystal inkwells and is “adorned on each side by swags and eagles.” Every foot of the tray has a snake winding round it, representing each unity and knowledge.

Rep. Pelosi sat subsequent to Vice President Kamala Harris on the podium throughout Biden’s handle. Whereas Pelosi has sat behind the president as Speaker of the Home throughout a State of the Union handle, tonight marks the primary time two girls had been seated on the platform behind the president through the speech.

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