Some historic artifacts have very different lives than originally planned. This bookcase from around 1900 was decorated with parts of an 1857 chair from the House Chamber. Compare it with a Walter chair in the “Related Objects” section: the top of the chair has been used on the bookcase. The cabinetmaker started by splitting the chair’s double-sided shield and leaves lengthwise. The front side adorns the lower lip of the bookcase, and the back side (turned around to show its elaborate carvings) sits atop the piece.