News-Antique.com - Nov 29,2009 - An exhibit of mourning customs the 17 century till the first world war, told through jewelry and artifacts . Memento Mori was a very different out look on life and death from what we experience today. Wearing a ring depicting a skull or a coffin would be considered ghoulish in todays society, where it had been very stylish. Wars in Europe & the numbers of women who died in childbirth the young children who died the victims of germs which where not yet understood, The Victorians and the emerging middle class the quantity of people becoming involved in mourning and its strict fashion the demand for mourning items changes to fit with the fashions of the time Queen Victoria on Prince Alberts death plunged England into a strict code of mourning with the prescribed times and dress all taken very seriously. The cemeteries move from the church yard which became putrid from over use to the park like Amherst & the famous,
Green-Wood of Brooklyn. This is a fascinating journey through history which shows where many of our present customs originated..Full color 48 page catalog of mourning jewelry and other mourning customs. Eighteen dollars, plus postage from www.tiogahistory.org pay pal and checks accepted.