Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feathers, feathers everywhere! Old boxes, new finds.

It has been one of those weeks that has brought a number of significant but small collections items to the forefront, each with a special story to tell.

A pair of Portsmouth-made shoes from the late 1700s, a black hat (see previous post) also made in Portsmouth and this astonishing feather "capelet" from the early 19th century are on our screen this week. We will follow with photographs and details as the research unfolds, but simply had to share these images- this bounty-- from this afternoon.

What do you think of this luxury fashion accessory? Great addition to the exhibition and new materials and palette for the Thread designers. Right now trying to work out all the different birds represented by their feathers. Unfortunately, we appear to have little information on the donor or the wearer. Stayed tuned though, as the Thread team is home to a number of indefatigable researchers.

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