Replica Writing Box: Princess von Bismarck visits the museum


A number of reproductions of the Declaration of Independence desk were made during the 19th century. The most famous of these was owned by Otto von Bismarck. Princess von Bismarck remained convinced that her desk was the original and made a visit to the National Museum of American History to meet with curators in 1982 to discuss the desk.


Silvio Bedini memorandum to S. Dillon Ripley, April 29, 1982 (Accession No. 67435) Office of the Registrar, National Museum of American History.