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Mourning Etiquette

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Mourning Etiquette

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This myth’s been regularly busted since this photo started going around, but in case someone hasn’t heard the truth behind these graves: Graves like these are called mortsafes and the bars were used...

Where Good Girls Go To Die

The fear of being buried alive was taken to extremes in the heavily gothic influenced Victorian era. Hence this handy little alarm.The Daily Herald (Delphos, Ohio); Sep. 14, 1900.

Coffins of the Victorian period came equipped with an extensive system of the bell, which reportedly detained person can ring if you woke up Six Feet Under. These rarely work, however, because even if the person they called, no one hears. Gravediggers sometimes paid to keep watch over the graves and hear the bells to go off. This is the where the term, "Saved by the Bell" derived from.


An Emotional Look at the Start of the 19th Century in a Mourning Pendant c.1809 | Art of Mourning

~ Antique Georgian Mourning Brooch With Hair, Amethyst Pastes & Rose Gold - Fine Jewelry - Circa 1800 ~

Antique Georgian Mourning Hair Brooch Amethyst Pastes & Rose Gold Fine Jewelry ref.09357-4302: 09357-4302: Removed

Archive Victorian Mourning Necklace.

A Funeral in days gone by...note the size of the casket.

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Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up. When a loved one died the Victorians were presented with an opportunity to imortalise their beloved in a way that was previously impossible: they could photograph them. Because of the high cost of photography, post-mortem photographs were, in many cases, the only photograph a family had of the deceased.

Twins post mortum. See the stands propping them up. (not sure about this one..)

  • Stacy Watson
    Stacy Watson

    I've also heard that because of the long exposure time needed for pic taking in the day, they would use "head rests" to keep heads still, otherwise the slightest movement would be blurred. And that's also why very few "smiling" pics from the era exist.

Mourning jewelry...

Victorian Mourning Baby Picture Pin

Antique Jewelry | Vintage Jewelry Pictures - Part 4

Marker- "Our Darlin'"

18th c. mourning jewelry, British Museum

Looks like a soldier who didn't return alive. Can't see the stand, but his eyes are painted on. He shows no response to his daughter's holding his hand, either.

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Grave houses in Arkansas from a great cemetery preservation documentary called AETN Silent StoryTellers.

Silent StoryTellers |

Georgian mourning jewelry / mourning miniature

Artful Mourning

Accidental Mysteries, 09.15.13: Artful Mourning

Mourning locket.

Sparrow Salvage: February 2008

Memento Mori Photography | Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos |

Mourning Bonnet, circa 1840-1845, via In the Swan's Shadow.

Place of origin: England, Britain (made) Date: 1785-1786 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Engraved gold set with hair

Bracelet | V&A Search the Collections

Antique Framed Mourning Hair Art In Black Forest Frame

Antique Framed Mourning Hair Art In Black Forest Frame


The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced a breathtaking new exhibit, “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire” This dress from 1872 - 1874 is part of the exhibit. (Posted on Dangerous Minds)

Regency Seed Pearl Mourning Gold Locket with Lover's eye miniature, woven hair, and initials.

Mourning Lockets | SUKI SUKI

1861, French, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Dress