To the left of the Prussian exhibition begins that of Austria. Along the wall of the gallery there is a long line of showcases displaying the magnificent products of the silk and velvet factories of Vienna and Milan, many of which can even rival those of Lyon and Paris. At the end of these windows is an expressive organ by M. de Lorenzi in Vicenza. The upper part of the wall is decorated with superb woollen carpets from Austrian factories.
Another row of showcases runs parallel to the wall, dividing the gallery, in its width, into two longitudinal halves: these showcases also contain silk fabrics. The showcases placed across between the two large rows contain unbleached, greige and dyed silks, ribbons and other industries related to silk, in addition to straw braids, lace and beautiful embroideries in wool and coloured silk. If you then walk the other half of the aisle in the same way, you will see on the right hand side silks, fabrics and embroidered mantelets of incomparable richness; an obelisk-shaped display case at the end of the aisle shows painted and dyed wool yarns from the Vôslau spinning mill near Vienna, one of the most renowned establishments in Austria. The whole left-hand side of the aisle is occupied by the splendid Vienna shawls, the middle displays by woollens, printed fabrics, wool and half-wool novelties and canvases.
In the display cases facing the gallery railing, clothing items such as suits, hats, shoes, etc. are shown. In the showcases facing the balustrade of the gallery are articles of clothing, such as clothes, hats, shoes, etc. Especially noteworthy are a large number of national costumes from Bohemia, Hungary, Pensylvania and Wallachia, felt clothes, a man's all-leather suit, consisting of trousers that are one with the boots, a jacket and a cap. On the ceiling of this aisle hang several beautiful chandeliers from the Bohemian crystal works.
©Promenades dans l'exposition de 1855