Presentation Gavel, Two Handles, Marquetry Box
12.25 inches long, 3 inches head
3.5 inches high, 12.5 inches wide, 6 inches deep
Finely made gavel, with two alternative handles, one round, one faceted, each with ring turnings and knop end (a knop is a small decorative knob), fitting into gavel head, also with ring turnings, bound at ends with gold-plated rings with chased designs. Contained in original marquetry box with central eight-sided star and pair of vases of flowers in opposite corners, and elaborate border with repeating geometric design, the inside of the box lined with purple silk, having gold-plated presentation plaque in inside lid, and with fittings for gavel head and handle, and with key lock. The gavel was presented as a Christmas gift by members of the “D.G. Com.,” possibly the Democratic General Committee, to the Honorable James F. Downer, “C. Com,” which perhaps stands for Central Committee.
Rectangle gold plated presentation plaque in top inside lid: “Presented to the Hon. Jas. F. Downer C. Com./ by/ L.N. Schrofer D.G. Com./ R.R. McLean D.G. Com./ P.A.Kippen D.G. Com./ Dec. 25, 1901.”
Condition: Gavel very good with only minor wear. Faceted handle evidently formerly fitted with plaque label, evidenced by three small nail holes. Box good with the usual overall wear to finish, minor chipping. Box with top portion of lock mechanism lacking and slightly loose hinges.