Helmet. 1811-12, London, England. This helmet fashioned from silver and gilt is an extravagant piece. This type of helmet was introduced for cavalry soldiers in the Napoleonic wars. A wolf, a symbol of ferocity, sits on top of the helmet.
Textile (Habit à la disposition), 1760-75, French, silk, paper. This rare flat textile documents the manner in which valuable men's embroidered waistcoats were produced. The embroidery was worked on the textile in the shape of the right front, left chest, left pocket & buttons, before the fabric was cut & fashioned into a garment. Due to limited loom width in 18th century, economical use of the narrow textiles resulted in the left pocket commonly embroidered apart from the left chest panel.