Stone from the ruins of Pompeii, Italy

The objects seen here are souvenirs collected by Abby Knight McLane and her husband Allen McLane. The well-traveled couple is thought to have personally gathered the collection, which represents the kind of curio-cabinet collecting that occupied many Americans in the late 1800s.
Though each piece is unique, McLane’s souvenir collection is a typical mix of found objects and items with historical associations: a piece of a cedar doorpost from Government House in St. Augustine, Florida; a stone in the shape of an arrowhead from Mount Pony, near Culpeper, Virginia; “antediluvian oak” from a bog near Killarney, Ireland; a small white stone from the ruins of Pompeii, Italy; and a round metal fragment of the HMS Great Eastern, the ship used in the laying of the Atlantic Cable.
Bequest of Abby Knight McLane, 1919
Currently not on view
Object Name
stone wall fragment
stone fragment
Physical Description
stone (overall material)
associated place
Italia: Campania, Pompeii
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Souvenir Nation
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Souvenir Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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