May 15, 2005 – July 15, 2005
Silver tablespoon with the Custis family crest, made by Thomas Tookey, London, 1774, owned by John Parke ("Jackie") Custis (1754–1781), son of Martha Washington by her first husband, at Mount Vernon after his death, to his son George Washington Parke Custis (1781–1857), to his daughter Mary Anne Randolph Custis (Mrs. Robert E. Lee), to her son Robert E. Lee, Jr., to his daughter Mary Custis Lee, and by descent to the consigner. Purchase. Paul Mellon Fund.
Sampler made by Catherine A. Bannan of St. Joseph's School, Petersburg, 1875. Purchase. William A. Hagey Fund.
Arthur Ashe's personal Head Genesis 600 model graphite tennis racquet, Head tennis bag embossed "ARTHUR ASHE" and his wrist band; 10 Karat gold ring with simulated Star sapphire, bearing the name of Arthur Ashe, given at his induction into the Black Athletes Hall of Fame. Purchased with funds provided by Anthem.
Tobacco crate with chromolithograph scene of an African American man in straw hat smoking a corn cob pipe in front of a log cabin with a hound in the doorway, reads "Old Virginia/Log Cabin/Smoking." Front label reads "The Celebrated/ Log-Cabin/Smoking Tobacco/Patented October 3rd 1871." Exterior label on both sides reads "Chas. H. Conrad & Co. Danville, Virg'a.” Museum purchase.
Surveyor's kit of James B. Kee of Highland and Albemarle County, including hand engraved brass circumventor, hand carved wooden case, complete set of (probably English) drafting tools in a shagreen case with felt cover, original single stem shaft, and a copy of Zachariah Jess's A compendious System of Practical Surveying (2nd ed., 1814) inscribed on fly leaf "James B. Kee's/Book 1814." Museum purchase.