A brief history of bling

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Visitor notice: From Monday 6 August – Friday 24 August there will be a reduced reception service at the park side entrance of the museum. Please excuse this disruption as we prepare for the opening of our four new galleries in September. Find out more about our new galleries

Your sword lacking its swagger? Your telescope need more twinkle? Get some ideas from history’s greatest show-offs. After all who needs a diamond chain when you’re pouring tea from a silver kettle?

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James, Duke of York, 1633-1701
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Wearing gold armour and jewelled sandals with lion-mask tops, James, Duke of York is depicted in the ostentatious tradition of the swagger portrait.