One of the oldest dresses in the collection, Mary Jane Slaney’s mourning dress was worn when her husband, died in 1891. In Victorian England a widow would wear mourning black for two and a half years, yet widowers would only mourn for one year. Queen Victoria famously stayed in mourning for Prince Albert for 40 years.
Mourning dress bodice; part of two piece dress of bodice and skirt. Black lace long sleeved bodice, black velvet ribbon trim, 4 tails of jet beads and lace, with cream inset. Lined throughout with cream silk. Mourning dress worn by Mary Jane Slaney.
Bequeathed to National Trust with Sunnycroft and its contents by Miss Joan Lander (1916 – 1997).
Marks and inscriptions
'...esty '...e Co and Son Ltd '...eltenham' (Name tape partly cut out. This matches a label in another item)
Makers and roles