In Death Lamented

In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

Cover of the volume In Death LamentedBy Sarah Nehama. Prefaces by Sarah Nehama and Anne E. Bentley.

A compendium developed to accompany and record the exhibition of the same title, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry features full-color photographs of prime examples of rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The catalog, like the exhibition at the MHS, showcases the materials in the Society’s collection and that of Sarah Nehama, a jeweler and private collector who co-curated the event at the MHS. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in context, including written explanations of the history, use, and meaning of the jewelry, as well as related pieces of material culture, such as broadsides, photographs, portraits, funeral medals, and trade cards. The jewelry included will illustrate some of the most exemplary types, from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era.

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128 pages, 110 color illustrations
Distributed by the University of Virginia Press

$35 Paperback (2012)    ISBN: 978-1-936520-03-9