Mystery Object for May 23

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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 so many holes? This object has a handle on top. Do you think…

John Jay’s Sword

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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 John Jay’s Sword. Check back for a new video each week!

Mystery Object for May 22

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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? Do you think this object was used inside or outside? What do you think this object was used for?  …

Object of the Day – May 22

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Barrister Bookcase 1790 Back Hall American JJ.1969.307 This ornate, Federal-era bookcase was made around 1790 and original to John Jay during his time as the first Chief Justice. Known as a barrister bookcase, it was used by lawyers to make their law libraries more portable while they traveled on court circuits. These specialized bookcases consisted…

Mystery Object for May 21

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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 are there two glass lenses on this object? What do you think this object was used for? Do we…

Mystery Object for May 20

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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 do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Mystery Object for May 19

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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 work together. How do you think they are used? What do you think they do? Yesterday’s Mystery…

Object of the Day – May 19

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Mote Spoon c. 1700-1720 Silver (sterling) JJ.1974.137 In the 18th century, tea did not come in the convenient little disposable tea bags, instead people would mix loose tea leaves with hot water. The loose bits of tea (or mote, which means small spec) would float to the top of one’s cup, and the decorative holes…

Mystery Object for May 18

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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 do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today? Yesterday’s Mystery Object…

Mystery Object for May 17

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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 in it? What do you think this object was used to hold?…

Object of the Day – May 16

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Ferret by Nancy Jay JJ.1990.6 AB pencil on paper This pencil drawing of a ferret was done by Nancy Jay when she was 32 years old.  It is signed “A. J. Nov. 30, 1825.”  Nancy was born in France in 1782, and was the middle daughter of John and Sarah Jay.  When Sarah Jay died…

Mystery Object for May 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? What do you think this object was used for?…

Chinese Export Tea Set

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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 Chinese Export Tea Set. Check back for a new video each…

Mystery Object for May 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 material it is made of? Do you see any images on this object? What are they? What do you think this object was used for?…