Bad photos (taken with my phone) of antique instruments preserved in Guez de Balzac High School in Angouleme. They have a fantastic “museum” room full of real school scientific material which was used by the students before.
This is a very rare 1900’s Sofa or Boudoir Doll, it’s a standing Doll and she has a secret cabinet hidden under her skirt, the cabinet is situated on the back, if you lift the skirt the cabinet with doors pops up, quite special, I have seen my share of Sofa-Dolls but not like this one. The Height of the doll is about 46 inches, the pannier/crinoline’s circumference is 62 inch. The hair is made out of beautiful silk, the stunning dress out of velvet and golden brocade, the head is covered with a silk fabric, the head itself is made out of a hard material, probably wood.
“PRETTY MISS KITTY” - a beautiful young Victorian woman in a well-bustled fine silk dress. The portrait was taken by photographer S. W. Bedell of Alma, Nebraska. She is identified on the back as, “Kitty Towel”. A list of family Birthdays and Deaths is written on the back:
A stunning early American medical cabinet, circa 1900′s . All cast and metal enameled. Two door cabinet with 3 glass shelves and a lower metal shelf. Curved cabriole legs on casters. This cabinet has a secret spot / compartment where doctors used to hide important documents and cash !! Great display piece.
Item No. E4390
Dimensions: 49.5″ tall x 32″ wide x 18″ deep ( width and depth at the base) actual cabinet is 30″ wide x 15″ deep.
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A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc. They were very popular from the 1860’s until the end of the century.
The top photo is a cabinet card circa 1880 that shows a well-dressed woman wearing a needlework chatelaine, a rarity in posed photographs.
The bottom photo is a A sterling silver chatelaine complete with a whistle, folding buttonhook, coin purse, vinaigrette, and thimble bucket.