Both of these over-mantle mirrors have been in the Blaine House since the Blaines lived in it. However, the two are not the same age. The mirror over the eastern mantle in the Reception Room dates to the first half of the 1800s. That over the west mantle was made later. It was probably commissioned or purchased by the Blaines in the mid-to-late 1800s.
MSM 79.40.3 (top) and 79.40.9
China Cabinet with Maine State Seal Crest
The china cabinet with its removable frieze and gallery at top were commissioned for the Blaine House in 1919 or 1920, when the State prepared the house for its new role as the home of Maine’s governors. The custom crest or frieze features Maine’s State Seal, a moose under a white-pine tree.
Blaine’s Senate Desk and Chair
James G. Blaine served in the Senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Speaker of the House. In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison appointed him Secretary of State, a position he held until June,1892, seven months before his death. He used this desk and chair when he served in the U.S. Senate, from 1876 to 1881.
In his roles as a journalist and a politician, and with houses in Augusta and Bar Harbor, Maine, and Washington, D.C., James G. Blaine had many offices, and many desks. We do not know where he used this example, but his daughters either left the desk in the study for posterity, or brought it from one of his other home offices.