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.

October 1912 Mourning Gown with pleated skirt

October 1912 Mourning Gown with pleated skirt

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

Mourning Dress  1905  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mourning Dress 1905 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Saved by the bell!" Victorian Safety Coffin -- note the bell attached to the string in case of the deceased being buried alive -- he or she could then "ring" for help!

"Saved by the bell!" Victorian Safety Coffin -- note the bell attached to the string in case of the deceased being buried alive -- he or she could then "ring" for help!

Walking Ensemble: ca. 1887–88, American or European, silk, glass.

Walking Ensemble: ca. 1887–88, American or European, silk, glass.

1840s Dresses, Striped and Bonnets

1840s – ‘Fashion of Sombre and Wilting Demureness’

1840s Dresses, Striped and Bonnets

1885: Gorgeously gothy mourning attire from 1815-1915 | Dangerous Minds

1885: Gorgeously gothy mourning attire from 1815-1915 | Dangerous Minds

1875 silk mourning dress. Via Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

1875 silk mourning dress. Via Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

Mourning dress Date: 1872–74 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Accession Number: 2009.300.673a, b

Mourning dress Date: 1872–74 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Accession Number: 2009.300.673a, b

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