News-Antique.com - Sep 11,2009 - The history of mourning told through over 600 pieces of jewelry and other commemorative artifacts.
Many of the pieces on display can be found in the book “Mourning Art & Jewelry” and in the book “Georgian Jewelery 1714-1830”. A very rare ring for Napoleon, possibly one of a kind, will be on display. In addition, a Charles the first miniature and two commemorative rings will be displayed. Other highlights include the following items of the popular Princess Charlotte; a ring, medals, cups and saucers and a teapot.
Over a dozen original lithographs depicting death bed scenes of George Washington, Andrew Jackson and the New York funeral of O’ Connell are a part of the exhibit. Currier and Ives and other lithographers contributed to making it possible for the common person to have a colored memorial for their family depicting a commemorative stone which could be personalized. Examples will be on display.
A locally made Cruciform Casket patented design 1884 will be displayed along with stereo cards of the historic Evergreen Cemetery now on the national register.
A full color 48 page catalog is available for this exhibit from Tioga County Historical Society for $18.00 plus postage $3.25. See the museums web site
http://www.tiogahistory.org/ for further information or call (607) 687 2460 Tues- Sat 10 am - 4 pm.