Setting the President's table has always been an important aspect of entertaining at the White House. From the earliest days of the presidency there were funds provided to purchase china for celebrations and state occasions. As various pieces of china became damaged, they could be sold at auction, given away or destroyed. Not any more: Congress passed legislation requiring that all presidential china be kept or destroyed. The oldest full china service still in use is the Benjamin Harrison collection. Ironically, First Lady Caroline Harrison (1889-92), who organized the china collections for display at the White House, never got to use the Harrison china service. She died before it was delivered to the White House in 1892. She did design the china that is still is use today. The Harrison design (photo at right) includes the coat of arms of the United States in the center, with gold-etched goldenrod and corn around a wide band of blue. The 44 stars on the inner band represent the number of states in the Union when she designed the china.