Napoleon's dressing case
On the left is Napoleon's
dressing case. It is a beautiful piece of workmanship, and this photograph does
not do it justice. It is filled with every device that would be required in
those days to make a man presentable.
In those days bathing was not done as
often as it is now, so people and their clothes smelled. This smell was
disguised by copious quantities of scent by the rich.
Malmaison did not contain
a single bathroom at the time Napoleon and Josephine occupied it. If they
wanted a bath the bath would be carried into the room followed by a procession
of servants carrying water.