Mystery Object for June 16

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? Why do you think this object has so many…

Lansdowne Print of George Washinton

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to  COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on our Lansdown Print of George Washington. Check back for a new video each…

Mystery Object for June 15

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?…

Object of the Day – June 15

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Tall Case Clock c.1701-1727 (clockworks) c. 1775-1800 (case) Mahogany, Brass, glass, other metals London (clockworks) Philadelphia (case) JJ.1987.6 This tall-case clock was owned by John Jay and is well documented in Jay’s inventories as having been used in his various houses. The clock came with Jay when he retired to this house in 1801 and…

Mystery Object for June 14

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

Mystery Object for June 13

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? This object is hollow and has a handle for…

Object of the Day – June 13

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Infant’s Cloak 1880-1890 Wool, Silk, Cotton Maker Unknown JJ.1984.134 In the 19th century, infant clothing was not predicated on gender. Infants were clothed in robes, tunics, and gowns. Baby clothes were often made of white cotton because it was easily bleached and washed. Ordinary baby clothes for wealthy families often had extravagant embroidery, which leads…

Object of the Day – June 12

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Kettle and Coal Scuttle Date Undetermined Toleware Manufacturer unknown JJ.1958.457 This kettle and scuttle are examples of toleware.“Tole” derives from the French tole peinte, which translates to “painted sheet metal.” Toleware is made with tinned metal that has been varnished to resist rusting; a process sometimes called japanning. Toleware was produced from circa 1700 to 1900. In…

Mystery Object for June 12

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? Why do you think this object has holes? What do you think this object was used for?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Mystery Object for June 11

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at these objects, can you guess what material they are made of? These two objects would be used at the same time. What do you think they were used for?   Yesterday’s…

Object of the Day – June 11

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Steel Printing Block Engraved with Jay Family Crest 1853 Steel Tiffany JJ.2013.6 This small, steel, square printing block, made by Tiffany, the iconic jewelry company founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837, is engraved with the Jay family crest. The motto below states “Deo Duce Perserverandum” or “With God Our Leader We Must Persevere.” It was…

Geocache Challange

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The Taconic Region of NYS Parks is excited to host its 2020 Geocaching Challenge. Encompassing acres of trails, campgrounds, beaches, golf courses, lakes, valleys, historic sites, waterfalls, and stunning views, we welcome you to come discover and explore our parks and great outdoors. Be one of the first 100 people to collect 45 out of the…

Mystery Object for June 10

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at these objects, can you guess what materials they are made of? What do you think these objects were used for? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Object of the Day – June 9

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The Government House 1847 Lithograph after 1797 original – Lithograph-Paper, Frame-Wood, Glass, Wire Milbourne (1790-1840) after drawing by W.J. Condit (18th– 19th century). Printed in color by Wm Ellis (1747–1810). Lithograph and published by H.R. Robinson (— -1850) JJ.2000.10   This engraving of the Government House, originally located in New York City, was done after…

Mystery Object for June 9

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? Why do you think this object had a handle on top? What do you think this object was used for?…

Object of the Day – June 8

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Bagged Work Table c.1820 Maple, Satinwood, Mahogany, brass, cotton, ivory Maker: Unknown JJ.1958.162   This round wooden sewing table was made around 1820 and is original to the Bedford house; it is believed to have belonged to one of Jay’s daughters. The table has a painted circular design of a woman with a bonnet on…