Further unpacking has revealed a number of equestrian items, each of them a welcome discovery.
First are three icons with equestrian themes. In the centre is Stephen, Saint and Prince of Moldavia, who helped keep the Ottoman Empire out of Europe between 1457 and 1504 as well as building several dozen churches and monasteries (including Putna which is depicted). I am not entirely sure which figure is depicted to the left (perhaps the Archangel Michael?) and would welcome clarification if any reader knows. To the right are two patron saints of horses, Lorus and Florus (I may not have spelled these correctly).
When I have time, these three icons will be mounted on the wall. The dreadful wallpaper will go in due course too - for now I shall submerge it beneath pictures, icons, wallhangings, saddlery, and anything else handy.
The second image represents a bronze commemorative medal that I acquired in Poland sometime around 1986. It was struck in 1983 for the 300th anniversary of the battle of Vienna, when John III Sobeiski's Polish army defeated the Ottoman invaders and started the long bloody process that finally rolled the Turks out of Europe (other than a toehold on the near side of the Bosphorus) by 1918. It was a welcome victory, for Sobeiski's was perhaps the last credible army in Europe. Defeat might eventually have led inexorably to the crescent flag flying over more European cities, even to the muezzin's cries floating from imagined minarets flanking St. Paul's at the top of Ludgate Hill.
The image is curious, depicting a Winged Huzzar, that mysterious, extravagent mounted warrior so peculiar to the history of Polish arms. Apparently those fierce men did strap tall feathered wings to their backs, whether simply to appear larger or (as some said) to terrify their enemies' horses by the sight or by the sound of the wind through the appendages we do not know. The Polish cavalry seems unusually plagued by myth. There were no cavalry charges against German tanks in 1939 - those suicidal dashes were an invention of Nazi propaganda. More than once, Polish cavalry did defeat invading German units.
Meanwhile, a horse of other equestrian items remain to be discovered - sleigh bells and red tassels, pictures and books. The final boxes beckon.