This gold ormolu, Empire style clock by Lemoine of Paris was manufactured between 1800-1820. Ormolu is an 18th-century English term for the process of applying finely ground, high-karat gold to a bronze object using extreme heat. During Truman’s years as a senator, he kept this clock on the mantle in his Washington D.C. office. It is visible in numerous historic photos, most notably in the Associated Press wire photo that captured Senator Truman as he was told of the federal indictments against his friend and political supporter, Tom Pendergast. Truman was said to have commented: “I am sorry to hear it…I won’t desert a sinking ship.” The clock followed Truman to the White House. In photos taken by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service, the clock can be seen on the mantle in the President’s bedroom both before and after the White House underwent a major renovation in the late 1940s. It is currently on exhibit in the music room of the Truman Home.