During the Victorian era (1837-1901), mourning took on a rigorous role in social etiquette. The grieving process is explored in this exhibit through clothing, photographs, and other objects from the Customs House Museum’s collection, including items owned by Serepta Jordan.
Queen Victoria of England lost her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861. For the rest of her life, she would mourn the loss of her husband, and dress strictly in mourning attire. Her deep grief was what inspired rigorous mourning etiquette throughout Europe and North America. Mourning stages dictated how a mourner was to dress and act during the loss of a husband, wife, child, other relative, or friend.