An engraved watch that is believed to be the watch carried by Matthew Henson (1866-1955) on his exploration of the North Pole along with Adm. Robert E. Peary from July 6, 1908 to April 23, 1909. Henson is an iconic figure among American pioneering explorers. During the 1908-09 expedition led by Admiral Peary (whom he assisted on several Arctic expeditions over a 20-year period), Henson became the first man to reach the North Pole. For his achievements, Henson received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944. In 2000, the National Geographic Society awarded Henson the Hubbard Metal – its highest award.
This pocket watch belonged to Matthew Henson and is engraved with his initials. The watch is silver in color and the words [R.E. PEARY / NORTH POLE / EXPEDITION / 1908] are engraved on the front in an Edwardian style. Henson's initials [M.A. HENSON] are engraved on the side. The watch has a white face with black hands and roman numerals. The watchmaker's name [Am. Watch Co. / WALTHAM] is printed in the top center of the face. The inside of the watch is engraved with the watchmaker's name [American Waltham Watch Co.] and the serial number .
A free sample tin of whitening cream made by the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. The round tin is yellow with black print. On the front is the text [RECOMMENDED FOR BRIGHTENING SALLOW OR DARK SKIN, FOR THE TREATMENT OF TAN, FRECKLE, SKIN-BLOTCH AND FOR CLEARING THE COMPLEXION]. The back contains directions on how to use the product.
An electric hot comb heater with a hot comb. The hot comb heater (48a) has a cylindrically-shaped body, with a stainless steel exterior and ceramic insulating tube interior. Hot combs are placed inside the central ceramic tube to be heated for use. The heater is bolted to a black-painted steel base. On one of the short ends of the base is a toggle switch with "OFF" to the left and "ON" to the right. On the opposite short end from the toggle switch is a cloth-covered electrical cord that extends out of the base. There are stainless steel rests along both of the long ends of the heater body, which provide spaces for additional hot combs to be placed. There is a stainless steel foot above the toggle switch that provides stability for the handle of the hot comb that is being heated in the interior. The center of the top of the heating element is imprinted with a logo reading "SOLAR". A metal plaque has been attached to the metal base with grommets, reading “SOLAR ELECTRIC MFG CO. / SAN FRANSISCO, CA / MADE IN U.S.A. 2AMPS 115 VOLTS SERIAL NO. 337094”. A paper board is inserted into the bottom of the metal base.
The hot comb (48b) is a brass colored metal comb with black wooden handle. The handle has the initials “E. S. M.” carved into one side.
Woman’s wrist watch worn by Harriette Vyda Sims Moore. The watch has a gold-colored face with black hour and minute hands and black numerals, some of which are partially worn away. Under the numeral six is the word "Swiss." The watch is housed in an eight sided watch case, also of a gold colored metal. Both the face and the case have swirling floral designs engraved on them. The two lugs on either side that attach the strap to the case are made of a dark brassy colored metal. They attach to two silver colored rings that make up the ends of the watch band. The band itself is a silver colored metal and has no clasp as it is a stretch band. It is possibly not contemporary to the watch itself. The back of the watch case has a decorative floral band around the edge. The center is plain, with numerous scratches. The crystal (glass) is missing.
Trapezoidal Art Deco brooch with a pale gold and ebony enamel design featuring prominent clusters of rhinestones. Curved and straight lines lead to a square ebony-colored center. The brooch front has a smooth, lacquered finish.