Look Presidential


October 26, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

We're not all presidential material. But with the bucks, we can live like the president. Or at least pretend.

The Resolute Desk, a present from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford Hayes in 1879, has been the desk for every President since Hayes -- except for Johnson, Nixon and Ford -- and now replicas are available to the affluent public, for the hefty price of $10,000.

The regal desk, weighing 500 pounds and measuring 72 inches in length by 48 inches in width by 31 inches in height, includes functional drawers and cupboard doors that open from both sides and an attached brass plate inscribed with the original message from Queen Victoria. Constructed of 100 percent mahogany with antique gold-gilded leather tops in burgundy, green, brown or black, the desk comes hand-finished and stained in reddish-brown or is available custom-stained.

To purchase the desk or other presidential replica furniture, such as the True Kennedy Rocker ($229) or the Gunlocke Oval Office Chair ($2,490), call 800-581-7599 or visit www.newyorkfirst.com.

Sound, big and simple

If you like your stereo system big and complicated, the new Bose 3-2-1 GS DVD Home Entertainment System is not for you. This system is compact, simple and offers a surround-sound experience you'd never think possible from a unit that includes just two mini visible speakers, a hideaway module and a media center.

The new system advances the technology of the first 3-2-1 system, released in 2001, with speaker arrays that are half the size of the original arrays (just 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches), high-tech surround digital processing and advanced control features. The media center includes an AM / FM tuner, DVD / CD player and three inputs for additional media sources. A remote control operates all components, including the TV and cable.

The new 3-2-1 system sells for $1,299 and is available at select Bose retailers, www.bose.com or by calling 800-444-BOSE.

They've fallen, and they'll regret it

Yes, they're lovely, but they're taking over. Fallen leaves are everywhere. On the driveway, the walkway, the lawn, the cars, you name it. If only a product could sweep them from your life, you say. Well, put away the rake -- Homelite has just introduced the new Vac Attack II ($99).

This 3-in-1 blower, mulcher and vacuum features a two-cycle 30 cc engine. It can blow leaves into a corner, vacuum them and then mulch them, compacting 12 bags of leaves into one bag of mulch. No tools are needed to change the product from a blower to a vacuum, and the unit features a cruise control system with variable settings for any speed.

The Vac Attack II is available at Home Depot and comes with a two-year warranty.

Visit www.homelite.com or call 800-CHAINSAW.


* A trunk showing of vases, bowls, perfume bottles and paperweights by glass artist Charles Lotton will take place 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday at Heirloom Jewels, Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road. Free. Call 410-323-0100 or visit www.heirloomjewels.com.

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