Mourning ensemble  Date: ca. 1850  Culture: American  Medium: cotton  Dimensions: Length at CB: 61 in. (154.9 cm) Length at CF: 56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm) Width at Bottom: 176 in. (447 cm)  Credit Line: Gift of Miss Janet K. Smith, 1941  Accession Number: C.I.41.21.4a, b  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mourning ensemble Date: ca. 1850 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 61 in. (154.9 cm) Length at CF: 56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm) Width at Bottom: 176 in. (447 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Miss Janet K. Smith, 1941 Accession Number: C.I.41.21.4a, b Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 1912 Mourning Gown with pleated skirt

October 1912 Mourning Gown with pleated skirt

Mourning Dress, 1905 via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mourning Dress, 1905 via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mourning dress, American, 1883. Silk, jet beads. Click through for close-up views of stunning beadwork.

Mourning dress, American, 1883. Silk, jet beads. Click through for close-up views of stunning beadwork.

Evening dress ca.1850-1855

Evening dress ca.1850-1855

Dress ca. 1841 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress ca. 1841 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Half-mourning dress, c. mid-1850s, the North Carolina Museum of History.

The Victorian in Mourning – who wore what, and for how long?

Half-mourning dress, c. mid-1850s, the North Carolina Museum of History.

Visiting dress Date: 1863–65 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton, glass Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm) Length at CB (b): 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Althea Adams May, 1977 Accession Number: 1977.204.2a, b

Visiting dress Date: 1863–65 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton, glass Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm) Length at CB (b): 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Althea Adams May, 1977 Accession Number: 1977.204.2a, b

Wrapper Date: 1840s Culture: American Medium: cotton

Wrapper Date: 1840s Culture: American Medium: cotton

Black, satin-striped silk. American, mourning, 1850s. MET NY. [Or perhaps a really nice black silk dress.]

Black, satin-striped silk. American, mourning, 1850s. MET NY. [Or perhaps a really nice black silk dress.]

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