Obtained at an antique estate auction at the historic home of Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873) who was President Abraham Lincolns Treasury Secretary from 1861-1864. This item was not to our knowledge owned by Chase, just the present owners of the home in which Chase lived. We have tried to research this item with known sources and privately but have had little to no responses. The items are two pieces of blue tassel both a little over a foot long which have two handwritten old pieces of paper both stating about the same thing. Written on these paper pieces is : This is a part of the cord which confined the curtain behind Washington's chair at the state house in Richmond Virginia. One of the paper pieces is plain unlined with dabs of old dried adhesive on the back. The other piece of paper is lined and has the faint stamp of someones private paper, an Oval around a word that looks like Morton over another word that is difficult to read. The limited research we have been able to dig up on line has left us confused as to when Washington was involved with the Richmond State house. Clearly not when he was President but perhaps when he was a member of the pre-revolution Virginia Legislature. At any rate, we welcome any and all constructive input and will share such with all!