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It is the most infamous desk in Boston politics, a mahogany antique with exquisite hand-carved detail and a history as murky as the Charles River.
The desk has been celebrated, stolen, and investigated. It sparked a political firestorm, forced a former mayor to open his home and vacation cottage to a reporter, and was found after 14 years in a suburban garage, where according to legend a divorce triggered a tip to the attorney general.
It is known as the Curley desk, named after James Michael Curley, the legendary Boston politician revered as a hero and disparaged as a scoundrel. This week, the desk took its place back in the mayor’s office for the first time in perhaps 30 years, hand-chosen by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the centerpiece of his new office.