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This work table is part of a pair that belonged to Nancy and Maria Jay, who were the daughters of John Jay. The sliding fabric screen on the table could be raised, which allowed a woman to work near a fire and protect her face from any discomfort or injury. The tables were commonly used for sewing, embroidery and needlework which were customary pursuits for women during the 19th century. Come see these tables, and learn about the fascinating lives of the Jay women on our Women of the Jay Family tour offered at 2PM every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the month of March.