Can you guess the famous politician who called the first U.S. Senate meeting to order? If you guessed Vice President John Adams, you are right. In fact, Adams started the tradition of using a gavel to call Senate to order in New York in the spring of 1789. Since then, it has remained customary to bang the gavel against a podium to indicate the opening (call to order). It is also used to close proceedings, giving rise to the phrase gavel-to-gavel to describe the entirety of a meeting or session. Since then, the gavel has been seen as a symbol of authority, and our Executive Gavel Plaque (item P248) makes a great gift for any authority figure whether it is a chair person, CEO, or president of council. A wonderful walnut frame encloses a red velour background. A dark walnut gavel with gold accents is mounted to the background, and beside the gavel rests a gold engraving plate. Our graphic artists will place up to six lines of text for free. Any retiring judge or auctioneer would love to own one of these. Order one today.