80-Curling iron, 19th century

It is to the French hairdresser Marcel Grateau that we owe the popularization of the modern curling iron in the second half of the 19th century, especially with stars attending his salons in Paris and then in London. The curly wave style was then so closely associated...

79-Portraits of Harriet and Charles Colby, 1862

These portraits show Harriet Hannah Colby (née Child) at 24 and her husband Charles Carroll Colby at 34. These intricate portraits combine three mediums: the photographs are taken by inventor and photographer Henry Seth Taylor, and then reworked by J. Fraser, possibly...

78-Vanity, mid-19th century

A piece of furniture used by women during grooming, this cherry wood vanity features a swivel mirror and secret drawer at the front. The vanity is revival-rococo style, visible in the many flourishes and intricacy of the serpentine woodwork. This piece of furniture...

77-Theatre binoculars, circa 1890

Also known as “Opera Glasses”, these binoculars made of brass, ivory and porcelain were used in the 1890s by the donor’s grandmother. They are designed for use in the theatre, in order to better see what is happening on the stage. They are therefore...

76-Necklace, first half of the 20th century

This elegant silver necklace is set with dozens of pieces of mother-of-pearl surrounding an oval amethyst, a stone that has always connoted nobility and distinction. The simplicity of the design, without the intricate flourishes characteristic of the Victorian era,...