Object of the Day – March 25

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Dining Chairs 1780-1790 Mahogany Maker: Unknown New York JJ.1958.138.1-11, JJ.1982.78   These mahogany dining chairs are made in the early Federal style, which is characterized by geometric forms, straight lines and the use of mahogany wood. The legs of the chairs are chamfered on the inside, meaning they are cut away on a right-angle to…

Mystery Object for March 25

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is?   Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for? Do…

Object of the Day – March 24

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Bull’s eye Lamp Late 18th century Silver plate; copper; glass English JJ.1969.223 This type of lamp, called a bull’s eye lamp, utilizes convex lenses to focus the light, thus creating a bright, directed beam.  The lamp is fueled by whale oil, which was extracted from the blubber of whales. Whale oil was used as a…

Mystery Object for March 24

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for? Do we…

Mystery Object for March 23

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for? Do we…

Object of the Day – March 23

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John Jay’s Commission October 17, 1777 Sheepskin, iron gall ink, papier-mâché JJ.2005.11 This commission was the official document that made John Jay the Chief Justice of New York State. Jay served as New York State Chief Justice for over a year, until being elected President of the Second Continental Congress in December of 1778. There…

Mystery Object for March 22

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for? Do we…

Object of the Day – March 22

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Argand Oil Lamps 1827-1848 metal, glass, gilt Baldwin Gardiner, New York JJ.2017.37   These two Argand oil lamps are Federal period pieces, made sometime between 1827 and 1848. The two rows of glass shades cover the top and bottom halves of the lamp, while still leaving the ornate decorations visible beneath. There are gold dolphin…

Mystery Object for March 21

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for? Do we…

Object of the Day – March 21

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  Hanging Kitchen Scale c.1800 Brass, Iron European, possible French JJ.1963.79   Weighing scales have been around since Ancient Egypt. Early examples relied on balancing objects against known weights of stone to determine their weight. However, abuses to this design, especially in trade, and because merchants would often carry their own weights to use, accuracy…

Mystery Object for March 20

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for?   Yesterday’s…

Object of the Day – March 20

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Colonel William Jay (1841-1915) 1888 Oil on Canvas John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) JJ.1982.2.A.B   This portrait of Colonel William Jay was done by John Singer Sargent in 1888, when Jay was 47 years old. The painting is a traditional half-length portrait of Jay wearing a dark suit and grey pants. He has a snake head…

Col. William Jay by John Singer Sargent

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This portrait of Colonel William Jay was done by John Singer Sargent in 1888, when Jay was 47 years old. William Jay was born in 1841 and was the only son of John Jay II and Eleanor Field Jay. Like previous Jay generations, William became a lawyer after graduating from Columbia University in 1859. He…

Enjoy John Jay Homestead while you’re stuck at home!

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John Jay Homestead State Historic Site has launched new digital content you can enjoy from home. These fun, interactive activities allow you to experience history while historic house tours are suspended. Learn more about the collection by exploring the Object of the Day or try to solve one of history’s mysteries by being an Object Detective. A…

Mystery Object for March 19

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is?   Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for? Do…

Object of the Day – March 19

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Drop-leaf Table c.1830 Mahogany JJ.1958.152 This mahogany drop leaf table was a common item in bedrooms of the period.  Made in New York around 1830, this breakfast table has many typical characteristics of the American Empire style. The plain appearance, spiral-turned legs and two drop leaf extensions support this. Meals were moveable in nature, and…

Object of the Day – March 18

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Sampler 1852 Wool, linen Anna Maria Jay JJ.1972.291 This child’s sampler is made of loose-woven linen, with numbers and letters cross-stitched with wool thread. There are two rows of alphabets cross-stitched, one row of upper-case and one row of lower-case, as well as the numbers 1 to 10. On the lower half of the sampler,…

Mystery Object for March 18

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some clues to help you: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this artifact? What do you think this artifact was used for?   Yesterday’s…