Lalique Cicada Pin.

DIE ZIKADE: Eine Gold-und emaillierte Brosche in Form einer Zikade von René Lalique, ca. 1902 / A gold and enamelled brooch in the form of a cicada by René Lalique,

A lady's military-style black and cream wool felt bodice with contrasting embroidery and soutache trim, and silver military-style buttons; image courtesy of Charles A. Whitaker Auction Co.

HIGH STYLED BLACK WOOL BODICE (detail c. 1900 Black & cream wool felt w/ contrasting black & cream embroidery & soutache, silver military style buttons - Augusta Auctions

18th Century alarm clock. When the alarm goes on a flintlock is fired which lights a spring loaded candle. On display at the British Museum.

Century alarm clock: The alarm fires a flintlock that lights a spring-loaded candle (British Museum)

Marie-Antoinette's Automaton: This elegant lady – known as La Joueuse de tympanon (The Dulcimer Player) – is stunningly beautiful. Made in Germany by clockmaker Peter Kintzing and cabinetmaker David Roentgen, this automaton was presented to Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1785. The queen was enchanted, bought the piece at once, and had it placed in the Academy of Science. More info, video link: http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/2012/07/friday-video-marie-antoinettes-automaton.html#

La Joueuse de Tympanon - this amazing automaton was created in the century for Queen Marie-Antoinette of France : Created in Germany in 1772 and restored by ROBERT-HOUDIN in 1864 after being damaged during the French Revolution.

1840 Silk hairnet made of knotted silk mesh with false curls at the sides of the forehead and a clump of curls and brown silk ribbon behind

Hairnet

-- Silk hairnet made of knotted silk mesh with false curls at the sides of the forehead and a clump of curls and brown silk ribbon behind. __ False curls are made from human hair. __ Britain (made) ___ at V-A Museum

Gold lorgnette (or opera glasses) belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln, c. 1861-1865.

Mary Lincoln’s gold lorgnette partially open. A "lorgnette" is a pair of glasses or opera glasses held by a long handle at one side.

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