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Collectors’ Day 2021 Scholars’ Reports

Jan 1, 2022

George Washington Remembered: An Enduring Legacy in American Decorative Arts The fifth annual Hammond-Harwood House Collectors’ Day on Saturday, November 13, 2021 focused on how the reverence for George Washington […]

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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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Knife Box

Mar 8, 2021

Intricate cases such as these were used for public display on the sideboards of the early American elite. Despite the name, these boxes generally held an array of eating utensils […]

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Plate

Feb 25, 2021

This unusual plate is in a pattern known as The Blind Earl, named in honor of George William Coventry, the sixth Earl of Coventry (1722-1809), who suffered from vision loss. […]

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Round Tea Table

Feb 19, 2021

England, c. 1765 Medium: Mahogany Gift of Mrs. Francis White in 1973 Despite Revolutionary ideals, many American citizens continued to look to England for style and material goods in the […]

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Hester Baldwin Chase

Feb 11, 2021

Maker: Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), American Medium: Oil on Canvas PW59 Donated by Mrs. Francis White in 1973 In the entry passage Hester Baldwin Chase stares down imperiously, commanding the […]

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John Shaw Bookcase Label

Linen Press, Annapolis Maryland, c.1795

Feb 5, 2021

Linen Press, Annapolis Maryland, c.1795 Maker: Label affixed to right interior door, John Shaw (1745-1829), American Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, secondary woods tulip poplar and yellow pine F55 Donated by Mrs. Dorothy Blake […]

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Octagonal Chinese Export Porcelain Soup Plate

Jan 29, 2021

Octagonal Chinese Export Porcelain Soup Plate, c. 1755 Medium: Porcelain C69 Gift of Mrs. Francis White in 1973 This plate is made of porcelain, which is a hard paste that was developed by […]

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Making Local Connections: Staff Field trip to the Benson-Hammond House

Jan 29, 2021

On a chilly day in late 2020 the Hammond-Harwood House Museum staff took a field trip to the historic Benson-Hammond House (fig. 1) in Linthicum, Maryland, headquarters of the Anne […]

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