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"Fine quality Victorian pendant/brooch featuring a hard stone cameo forget me not, rimmed by natural pearls and set amongst black enamel. On the reverse is a a plume of reddish brown hair accented with gold wire and a pearl. The inscription reads, “In memory of Elizabeth Elvidge who died 25th Feby aged 74 yrs” ."

"This undated and unidentified stereo card seems very personal. I do not think it was a commercial product but made for a specific family on a visit to the family plot. A woman in mourning dress and man holding a top hat stand by two grave stones. The inscription on the larger stone is not readable but portions of the smaller stone tell a sad but common story. "John H" and "Infant Son of..." can be read."

"Inconsolable Grief, Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy. Russian (1837-1887)"

a man with a past

"Baby coffin carrier, early 20th century This baby coffin carrier was formerly owned by Clarks Undertakers, Wrexham."

1870s French Jet (black glass) Earrings

"Mourning Tiara | cast glass and metal | 1880-1890 | Bohemia"

"This is a brooch containing a lock of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair. It was given to Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton, who was Poe’s adolescent sweetheart and became engaged to him shortly before his death in 1849"

"Mourning brooch dated 1881 via Lang Antiques"

"ca. 1853, [Gravediggers] via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rubel Collection"

mourning bracelet of woven hair with woman's oval portrait, dates from between 1850-55.

“In reply to many inquiries, we recommend the Maison Jay’s. This house, long established, makes mourning a speciality, and is excelled by no other house in London or Paris for the beauty of the work, the quality of the materials, or the style of manufacture.” Jay’s, Regent Street, London, advertisement, circa 1888

"1871, Great Britain, London, Windsor, wax seal, mourning cover." Mourning in the 19th century extended to every part of life, even stationary. The width of the black border on the stationary decreased over time, just as a woman's mourning clothing would go through lessening degrees of outward mourning until she could return to her usual clothing.

"Tintype of Two Women in Mourning," date unknown

Mourning dresses, 1890

"Mourning costumes. (1883)"

"Ladies’ and children’s mourning dresses. (1877)"

“Half-mourning dress; New styles for dressing the hair. Originally published in The Peterson Magazine, March 1873."

A Widow (c. 1868) by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Three women in mourning poses

Memorial card for Lt. Albert G. Abbott of New Brunswick, who died at Petersburg, Virginia, June 18th, 1864.

Memorial Print for Lt. Albert G. Abbott, 1864

"Mrs. Howes in mourning dress, c. 1860s"

The Fashion Criminal: Victorian Mourning Photos

"The Leisure Hour 1871"

Women in mourning