D. M. O’Conner had the horn chair made by Charles Puppe and Ronvant in San Antonio, Tex., and engraved by Theo Fopf's Jewelry. Several plaque on the back and arms of the chair convey the following: Top plaque: "Presented by / D. M. O' Conner / to General / Benjamin Harrison (chip diamonds) / President of the United States". Below is another plaque with a star in the middle, each point has a letter spelling out Texas. To left of star: "Tippecanoe 1811". To right: "1836 San Jacinto". Bottom plaque: "Thermophyae had her / messenger of defeat but the / Alamo And Refugio / Had None". The plaques are gold or brass plated. Plate on back gives name of Otto Blumenthal, possibly the engraver. Twelve horns make up the back and low arms (sides). The legs are one horn each with metal claw and glass ball feet. Two horns curve from under seat to front legs. The horns are held together with metal screws or pins. The seat is covered in wild cat fur. Fort O' Conner in Texas named for Dennis M. O' Conner, Texas ranch owner, who presented it to President Benjamin Harrison as an inaugural gift.
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