Paris fashions for November, 1864
A selection of dresses designed for the winter of 1864. From left, 'The manteau marchesa' made from cloth and velvet, trimmed with a silk border. The bonnet is of green silk, with rich lace surmounted by roses and feathers. 'The manteau hongrois', made from velvet pile cloth and a satin cording bordering the sleeves. Worn with a bonnet of white taffeta pique with feathers on one side covered by velvet ribbons. The evening dress is a grey silk robe with a flounce of three colours. The bonnet is a green trimmed with a large feather and a roll of black lace.
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The Re-cut Koh-i-noor Diamond, 1852
Engraving of the re-cut Koh-i-noor ('mountain of light') diamond, 1852. Previously owned by the Mogul emperors, the Persian Shahs and Ranjit Singh, the Lion of the Punjab, it was presented to Queen Victoria by the East India Company in 1850. The diamond was displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851, where various experts felt it displayed insufficient fire. It was decided therefore to recut the stone. This was undertaken by Guillaume Coster, over 38 days, in 1852 to produce a round diamond of 108 carats (shown in the image). In 1937 the diamond was placed in a crown to be worn by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the Coronation of King George VI. The crown and diamond now reside at the Tower of London.
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Campaign cloak belonged to Duke of Wellington
Campaign cloak; 1803 (c)-1815 (c). Belonged to FM Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Believed to have been worn by the Duke during the Waterloo campaign, but it is not certain this was the one worn at the actual battle, as he probably had several on campaign. The cloak is formed from a single curved panel of navy worsted with violet velvet collar and facings. There is a small velvet button and green cord loop to fasten the collar in foul weather. The main closure has plain gilt buttons by R Bushby of St Martin's Lane, London. There are stitched remains of ribbon ties at the neck and residue of mud spatters, together with possible perspiration stains. Wellington gave the cloak to his lover Lady Caroline Lamb after the battle. Written diaries from the period show Lamb gave it later to Sir Anthony Carlisle and he then presented it to Grosvenor Charles Bedford on 14 May 1823. The cloak remained in the Bedford family until its sale on 14 Jul 2015. The cloak also matches both contemporary descriptions of Wellington's garb on campaign and later portraits of him at Waterloo, some with slight discrepancies. Date: circa 1815
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