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 of to be the oldest surviving artifact of the Home of Representatives — relationship again 1810-1820, in line with 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 either 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 ladies have been seated on the platform behind the president throughout the speech.