The approximately 75 artifacts chosen by Richard and Rosanne Barons and Frank Newbold for “Every Object Tells a Story” at Clinton Academy possess historical ties to East Hampton, but some of their backgrounds remain a mystery 200 to almost 300 years later.
An intricate wooden model of a ship from the late 18th century with tightly strung rigging and a detailed upper deck has yet to be identified, though the absence of cannons indicates it isn’t a warship. A human-scale wood-paneled square clockface from 1753 was once affixed atop the town church here, and a 19th-century grime-coated canvas lifesaver from Liverpool washed ashore after one of the numerous shipwrecks along the shore.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 12. Attendees can also expect to see an 1820 washbasin and ewer set transfer printed with a flower design, actual salvaged Prohibition-era liquor, a replica of the Rev. Samuel Buell's wig, and a pair of 1810 Liverpool pitchers painted with George Washington’s profile, among many other relics and curiosities.
Clinton Academy is at 151 Main Street in East Hampton Village, near the East Hampton Library and Guild Hall. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. and managed by the East Hampton Historical Society. Admission is free.