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There are several objects that represent the Senate, from the gavel used to start each day’s session to the Senate flag. Other items, such as Senate desks, have historical significance. Learn more about Senate symbols and objects.


Senate Flag

Senate Gavel


History The Senate's New Gavel, November 17, 1954

Senate Seal

Senate Seal:  History

Senate Seal, March 31, 1885

Senate Snuff Boxes

The maintenance of two small snuffboxes, decorated with Japanese figures, is a continuing tradition in the Senate dating to the early 19th century.

Snuff Box Cat. no. 93.00029.000

Snuff Box Cat no. 93.00028.000

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