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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…

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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!

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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?  …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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?…