Table made for President Abraham Lincoln
B. B. French was the Commissioner of Public Buildings in Washington D.C. when he arranged to have this iron table made for President Abraham Lincoln, circa 1863-1865. The table is made of three iron components that were produced during the construction of the U. S. Capitol dome--the square top of the table was cut from a thin iron panel, the pillar is comprised of one of the balusters for the iron railing underneath the opening of the dome, and the stand (or feet) is made up of one of the ornaments of the inner dome. The table held President Lincoln's bible and glass of water during his second inauguration.