Eagle and Shield

Maker unknown

Gilt wood, circa 1830
Size: 72" w.
Catalog No. 25.00003

S-228, Old Senate Chamber

U.S. Senate Collection
Office of Senate Curator

Suspended above the Vice President's Chair in the Old Senate Chamber, this carved gilded eagle and shield symbolizes the strength and unity of the young American republic. The piece was planned for the chamber by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The sculpture can be seen in such historical engravings of the Senate Chamber as The United States Senate, A.D. 1850, by Peter F. Rothermel and Robert Whitechurch.