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Le premier Comité de Salut public, dit parfois le “Comité Danton”, comme il a existé du 6 avril au 30 mai 1793. Figurés, par ordre alphabétique : Bertrand Barère (1755-1841), Pierre-Joseph Cambon (1756-1820), Georges-Jacques Danton (1759-an II (1794)), Jean-François Delacroix (1753-an II (1794)), Louis-Bernard Guyton-Morveau (Guyton de Morveau) (1737-1816), Jean-Baptiste-Robert Lindet (1746-1825), Jean-Baptiste Treilhard (1742-1810). Non figurés : Jean-Jacques Bréard (1751-1840) et Jean-François-Bertrand Delmas (1751-1798).

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THE SWADDLED BABIES ORCHID

The swaddled babies orchid - Anguloa uniflora is a stunningly beautiful terrestrial orchid from the Colombian Andes. It was discovered during a ten year expedition (1777 to 1788) to Peru and Chile by botanists Hipólito Ruiz López and José Antonio Pavón Jiménez. However it wasn’t formally classified until 1798 when it was named in honor of Don Francisco de Angulo, Director-General of Mines, in Peru. (Source)

Men’s ring dating 1798-1800. High carat gold, seed pearls, and cobalt blue glass make up the ring. The micro carving depicts the Battle of St. Vincent in 1797. Sold by Rowan and Rowan. 

The vessels are set on a cobalt blue glass ground, in an octagonal glazed compartment, within a seed pearl surround. The frigates are inscribed in sepia ink with initials T and PG, for the Spanish ship Terrible and the British ship Prince George, engaged in the Battle of Cape Saint Vincent off the coast of Portugal in 1797, where the British emerged victorious. The carving is in the style of  Stephany and Dresch, ivory sculptors in miniature, active in Britain in the late 18th century.

Indian elephant armour, 17th century.


This fabulous 17th century armour is composed of 5,840 plates and weighs 118kg, some plates are missing and originally the total number would be 8,439 and weigh 159kg! The tusk swords that accompany this armour (not on display) weigh in at 10kg.

It is the only animal armour of this scale on public display and recently entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest animal armour in the world.

Acquired in India by Lady Clive, wife of Edward, 2nd Lord Clive (Governor of Madras), between 1798 and 1800, and brought back to England in 1801; displayed in the Elephant Room at Powis Castle. Placed on loan to the Armouries in 1949 for conservation.

Presented to the nation in lieu of death duty by the Earl of Powis in 1962 and placed in the care of the Armouries.

Until the widespread introduction of firearms war elephants were a dominant force in Indian warfare. Many were provided with complete armours, yet this is the only near-complete surviving example in the world. Arms and armour from India form the largest part of the Royal Armouries Asian collection, and include the largest armour in the whole collection, the only elephant armour in captivity. Probably made in one of the arsenals of the Mughal Empire in northern India in the late 16th or early 17th century, in its present state, with two of its mail and plate panels missing, it weighs 142 kg. It is made of some 8450 iron plates joined by rows of riveted mail. The armour also has a pair of tusk swords, with heavy sockets to fit the elephant’s sworn-off tusks and fierce wavy blades with strong armour piercing points.