Category Archives: Accessories

Don’t mess with my feathers

I love the expression on this guy’s face. He’s totally like, “What did that guy just say about my hat?! I love my feathers! That’s so mean.”

van der Helst

detail from “Banquet at the Crossbowmen’s Guild in Celebration of the Treaty of Münster,” Bartholomeus van der Helst, 1648. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

You have to appreciate his maternity-doublet-with-obi-sash-with-a-big-bow look. That kind of style takes courage. Plus, nice subtle clocking on the stockings, and good view of backseam.

Bandolier Accessories

I was just wondering, what exactly are those fun dangly accessories this guy’s got going on?


detail from “Militia Company of District VIII under the Command of Captain Roelof Bicker” by Bartholomeus van der Heist, 1643. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

And then, just a few rooms away, here’s what was hanging on the wall!


“Bandolier, with powder bottles and shot pouch” c.1600-1650.

Here’s what they had to say about it: “Hanging from this belt are twelve wooden containers, each with a charge for a single shot. The powder bottles were also called the Twelve Apostles. The muskateer wore the belt across his chest. He kept his lead shots in a separate leather pouch.”

Museum’s inclusion of costume accessories on display for the WIN!


more on that red ribbon



Thanks to Harry in the costume shop at Yale, we have some more of those red lapel ribbons! Ingres was our source, and we believe they are Legion of Honor medals, and at least on some of them, the ribbon is pulled through the button-hole on the coat.

Extra bonus – Yves Saint Laurent must have looked at the same research for one of the jackets in his “Le Smoking” collection sometime in the 1980’s!

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