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Coat, man's / suit Coat, man's / suit

Man's coat of brown corded silk, with large cuffs made from brocaded fabric in silk and metal thread, featuring a floral pattern in shades of green, blue, pink and silver on a light blue ground. The skirts are padded with wadding and the buttons are covered with metallic thread part of a suit, British, c. 1735.

Textile / sample / silk Textile / sample / silk

Sample of silk showing a background of brown silk with a shot effect and woven with motifs of a fish, butterfly, a sea creature and foliage in silk and metal threads: possibly Netherlands, c. 1736

Textile / sample / silk Textile / sample / silk

Length of fabric, woven in silk and silver with a dense mirror repeat design of leaves, fruit and buds in pale grey, green and silver against a red ground: French, c. 1726 - 1728

Textile / silk / length Textile / silk / length

Length of silk, woven with a pink satin damask ground and brocaded in gilt metal threads and pale blue silk with a bizarre design including floral motifs: Italian, possibly Venice, c. 1705 - 1710

Textile / sample / silk Textile / sample / silk

Length of mid blue silk in a satin weave brocaded in red and in gilt and silver metal threads with a design of exotic fruit, a castle, sea serpent, bird and dog: Italian, c. 1680 - 1700

Armour / headdress Armour / headdress

Helmet of burnished white metal, with brass mounts ornamented in repousse with dragons, cane stem supporting two strips of fur, bead network and gilt metal dome with red coral stem and two tinsel-decorated quills, curtain of gold brocade, bordered with black velvet and ornamented with brass studs, part of the ceremonial armour of Zhang Chaofa, admiral and governor of the Zhoushan islands: China, 1830-1840

Dress, child's Dress, child's

Child's dress of cream lightly corded silk embroidered all over in coloured silk threads, silver strip, and silver and gold threads with a design of exotic flowers: British or French, c. 1730 - 1740

Dress Dress

Women's robe de style dress, in 'bleu de lanvin' irridescent (or shot) blue silk, with multicoloured floral embroidery at the hem and hips, featuring cap sleeves, a dropped waist with full pannier hips and a 'petal-shaped' hemline: France, Paris, designed by Lanvin, c. 1924

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