Richard Nixon made history way before his Watergate scandal. In 1954, then Vice President Nixon was banging a historic gavel in the U.S. Senate during a heated debate on nuclear energy. The ivory gavel had been in use since 1789 until Nixon broke the gavel trying to restore order to the Senate. Unable to obtain a piece of ivory large enough to replace the gavel, the Senate appealed to the Indian embassy. India presented the United States Senate the solid ivory replica still in use. Although not as historic as the Senate’s gavel, we believe our Gavel & Sounding Block Plaque (item P346) will be fondly treasured by any lucky recipient. Measuring 9” x 12”, the walnut gavel includes a gold band around the striking head. The gavel and sounding board has been mounted above a gold engraving plate screwed into the walnut board. The plate will hold up to six lines for personalization, and our engraving is free. Make a historical moment in the life of an auctioneer, a judge, or some other board officer by presenting them our Gavel & Sounding Block Plaque!