Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Victorian Mourning Cape

The Ebay seller states that this cape is from 1880. It is 17 inches long and has a 15 inch neck.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our Darling Coffin Plate

On Ebay right now is this antique silver-plated coffin that says  "OUR DARLING". It measures 4 1/4" across by 3" tall. A little big to be made into a brooch, but tempting!

Friday, April 12, 2013

"The Widow" by Ralph Hedley

The Widow" by Ralph Hedley. The location is  in St. Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle. Signed and dated 1899, oil on canvas

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Memento Mori Mourning Slide

Up for auction on Ebay right now is this amazing English slide. Slides were built a bit like a modern wristwatch, with two areas on the underside where you could pass a ribbon or a strap through. They could be worn on the wrist or around the neck. This slide dates from around 1720 and features, skulls, crossed bones, woven hair and gold wire initials. What more could you ask for?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Edwardian Mourning Dress

Wouldn't you just die (not literally!) to wear a dress like this? It is in the collection of The Victoria & Albert, dates from 1910-1912 and was worn by a Miss Heather Firbank. From the V&A's description:

The house of Lucile was renowned for its asymmetrical styles, of which this matte black silk crepe dinner dress is a perfect example. Set into a high waist, the bias-cut skirt is softly swathed over the left hip and the hem is extended into a triangular train. The cross-over bodice has a plunging V neck fitted with a machine-made black lace, while bands of cream and black silk decorate the neck and cuffs.
This is from the collection of Heather Firbank (1888-1954), daughter of the MP Sir Thomas Firbank and sister of the novelist Ronald Firbank. The dress is a half-mourning dress, meaning that it was worn in the later stages of mourning. Mourning etiquette was well controlled and what could be worn at each stage was rigidly prescribed.