Mystery Object for May 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 this object, can you guess what material 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 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: Who do you think made this object? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?   Yesterday’s Mystery Object was a…

Object of the Day – May 9

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Bust of John Jay 1827 Marble Copy by Octavianus Giovannozzi, after Giuseppe Ceracchi (1751-1801) JJ.1958.274   This marble bust of John Jay is a copy made by Octavianus Giovannozzi after an original by the famed Italian sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi. The original was a life-sized portrait bust made out of terra cotta, which Jay sat for…

Mystery Object for May 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: Why do you think this object has a long handle? Looking at the inside of the object, what do you think it was used for? What room do you think this object would…

Eleanor Kingsland Field Jay by Daniel Huntington

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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 portrait of Eleanor Kingsland Field Jay (1819-1909) by Daniel Huntington. Check…

Object of the Day – May 8

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Cylinder Fall Desk JJ’s Office 1790 Mahogany, Maple, white pine, tulip poplar, brass JJ.1987.7 This federal-style desk is original to John Jay during his time as governor (/Chief Justice) and came with Jay when he retired to this house. It is known as a cylinder-fall desk because of the top which swings into place to…

Mystery Object for May 8

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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: Why do you think this object is made of metal? Why does the object have three legs and a long handle? What do you think this object was used for?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Mystery Object for May 7

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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, why do you think it has a hook? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? Why do you think this object has numbers on it?…

Object of the Day – May 6

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Quilt / Coverlet Late 19th – early 20th Century Cotton Maker Unknown JJ.1999.71 This quilt contains a great example of a pattern often associated with the Underground Railroad. According to legend, the “bear paw” design either indicated that runaway slaves should follow a mountain trail to keep them hidden from view or suggested they follow an actual bear’s trail which would…

Mystery Object for May 6

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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 do you think this object was used for? Does this look like anything we use today? If so, what?…

Object of the Day – May 5

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Knife Boxes c.1790 Mahogany veneer, metal, silver Likely English JJ.1958.64.1 and .2   These knife boxes were made around 1790 and are made of mahogany veneer. It is possible that these were original to the Jay family as a letter from Sarah Jay’s sister Catherine refers to a bill for knife cases, with knives include….

Mystery Object for May 5

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

Object of the Day – May 4

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Shoe Buckles c.1780 Silver, Steel JJ.1982.86.1-.2   These shoe buckles belonged to John Jay, and were likely purchased while Jay was in Europe for the Treaty of Paris negotiations.  The buckle portions are steel, with the rim being made of silver.  A four-faceted design can be found on each buckle. Shoes in the 18th century…

Mystery Object for May 4

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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 does this object have two magnifying glasses? What do you think this object was used for? Does this object…

Object of the Day – May 3

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Letter from Harriet Myers to John Jay II Stephen Myers and his wife Harriet were abolitionists and agents of the Underground Railroad through the 1830’s-1850’s. Stephen was also the editor of multiple abolitionist newspapers such as The Northern Star and The Impartial Citizen. Both Harriet and Stephen corresponded with John Jay II on matters related…