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Watercolor Paint Set

Jul 23, 2021

At the Hammond-Harwood House is a delightful 18th century English watercolor box bearing the label of William Reeves. The box is mahogany inlaid with satinwood. In the drawer are six […]

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The Republican Court (Lady Washington’s Reception Day)

Jul 16, 2021
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Have you ever watched or read a historic drama that reflected the contemporary period in which it was made rather than the historic era it is set in? That is […]

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Barometer

Jul 9, 2021

Once treasured items of an early 19th century home, barometers now provide a glimpse into technology of the past. Wheel barometers were invented in 1663 by English scientist Robert Hooke, and […]

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Chess Playing Pieces

Jul 2, 2021

When King Charles II succeeded to the English throne after the defeat of the Puritans, he popularized games of all kinds including billiards, backgammon, nine pins, and chess. Enthusiasm for […]

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Pole Screen

Jun 28, 2021

Curious museum visitors often ask about this interesting device. Unlike many historic objects that have a modern-day equivalent, the pole screen provides a snapshot of a specific era. Ornamental yet practical, these screens deflected heat […]

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Flip Glass

Jun 25, 2021

Heading into the weekend, are you ready to try a new libation? If you are feeling adventurous you might want to try flip. Glasses like this one were traditionally used for the 18th […]

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A Story for Juneteenth

Jun 18, 2021

June 19 is Juneteenth, the celebration of emancipation as it reached the final enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy in 1865. It took more than two years for news of Lincoln’s […]

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Blue Willow Plate

Jun 10, 2021

Unearthed on the Hammond-Harwood House property during an archaeological dig, this decorative plate was found in shards and carefully glued back together. It reveals how early 19th century dining looked when Frances […]

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Mirror

May 21, 2021

This patriotic American-made mirror has wonderful verticality: the columns bring viewers’ eyes to the top, which features an intricate eagle and the motto E Pluribus Unum, out of many one. Although the painting technique […]

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Marquis de LaFayette Badge

May 7, 2021

The story behind an object can transport you to the past, and this ribbon is no exception. Beloved French general the Marquis de Lafayette embarked on a grand American tour, leaving […]

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