V & A MUSEUM
1840s "This is a striking example of how 18th-century fabric was treasured. The textile was probably originally a 1740s dress which was taken apart and then reconfigured into this fashionable dress in the early 1840s. The elongated waist and V-shaped bodice front emphasize the bust and wide shoulders and were key features of the dresses of the period."
Spectacle case, 1850-75, British, lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl. This case for spectacles was acquired in 1875 for the Museum's "Animal Products" collection, illustrating the use of mother-of-pearl as a decoration. Mother-of-pearl is the smooth, lustrous interior lining of a variety of shells, particularly pearl oysters, often used for jewellery and decoration. In storage at the V and A Museum.