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༺❀ The Brian Boru Harp, dating to the 15th century, is named after the High King of all Ireland, Brian Bóroimhe, who lived from 941-1014. It is one of the oldest surviving Gaelic harps. It was presented to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1782, and has remained there ever since.

Gilded silver plume holder for a horse's bridle. Nubian. Napatan Period. Reign of Tanwetamani. 664–653 B.C. | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Valentino Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show

Valentino - Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear

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Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society

‘Barbara Hutton in Tangier, Morocco’ 1961--saw her house when we were there.

Le corsage de l'Infante. This wonderful piece belongs to the collection of specialist Ollivier Henry. Dating back to the early 17th century, Spanish bodice, embroidery of exceptional refinement.