Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
From the Ebay description - A terrific pair of antique Victorian period, solid 15 carat gold (tests thereabouts) mourning earrings; with top quality black vitreous enameled decoration and the central drops beautifully made from very finely woven blonde hair.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This wonderful patent for "Funeral Advertising Device or Annunciator" is from Google's Patent Library.
From the patent - "To all who it may concern: The object of my invention is to pri\ovide a simple, neat and convenient device suitable to be hung in a public place, as the vestibule of a church or elsewhere, for announcing a funeral.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
This lovely locket is dedicated to the memory of 6-year-old Emily who died on Oct. 7, 1836.
The front features a weeping willow towering over a white-enameled tombstone with a small window -- in which is a lock of the Emily's hair. On the inside, ""De'd Oct. 7, 1836 - Ae 6 yrs." is engraved. As found on Ebay.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Metropolitan Museum Of Art has some lovely treasures that are not on display. Thank goodness they can be viewed on their website! This American mourning parasol is definitely one of them. It is from 1915–18 and is made of silk with crepe bands
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
England was devastated when it's Princess Charlotte died in 1817 at the age of 21 in childbirth. As Prinny's only legitimate heir she sent the whole of England into mourning. This is a possible design for a monument dedicated to her. The actual monument is below:
From The British Museum
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
From Ebay comes this engraved gold and diamond ring. The stamp inside dates it to 1888 with another stamp marking the Chester Assay Office. This lovely ring has four sections of braided hair which look remarkably intact despite the wear to the front monogram.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
This lovely British made pin dates from 1787 and is in the collection of The Victoria & Albert Museum. It is a watercolor painted on ivory, under glass. Lockets & pins could be bought ready-made with the inscription added when purchased.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Funeral bearers, or 'mutes' as they were also known, customarily preceded a funeral procession and were a common sight in 19th century London. One of a pair, this painting depicts a funeral bearer at full-length standing next to a column, within a feigned oval.
Dressed predominately in black - a black suit, a top hat covered in black and a black sash - he is holding a staff, also draped in black, in his right hand. Facing half-right and looking slightly downwards, his expression is appropriately sombre. The other painting in the Museum's collection shows a 'mute' wearing a white sash, holding a staff covered in white and facing the other way.