Blog Category: Item of the Week

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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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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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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Necklace, Earrings & Bracelet Set

May 7, 2021

Is it time for another Egyptian revival? It might be, following after exciting news from the field of Egyptology — a 3,000 year old “Lost Golden City” was recently found in Luxor. […]

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Apr 29, 2021

In the late 18th century the traditional design of Chinese porcelain shifted to cater to Western clients. Direct American trade with the Chinese began in 1784 after the Revolutionary War, and […]

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William Goldsborough

Apr 20, 2021

April 15, 2021 marked the 280th birthday of celebrated American artist Charles Willson Peale. His home city of Annapolis helped launch the artist’s career. In 1767 a group of wealthy Annapolis […]

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