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Object ID # 1956.001.004
Object Name Veil
Title 1880s Late Mourning Cap
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 1880s
Year Range from 1885
Year Range to 1891
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Widow's "late mourning" cap, 1880s. This "mourning bonnet" is a soft textile cap, without a frame, and no ties. It is small and round, intended to sit on top of the crown of one's head. There are rows of horizontal tucks arranged in soft folds. The bonnet is made of white, lightweight crepe fabric. A long streamer of the crepe is present at the back as veiling. It is diamond-shaped, 90 cm long, and 75 cm wide. The bonnet appears to have been hand-made, likely by a milliner.
-for late mourning period when one could wear white accessories again
Provenance This cap belonged to and was worn by Jane Snider (neƩ Jane Maughan). Her husband, George Snider, was a land agent, Sherriff of Grey County (from 1853-1863) and a magistrate. He also served three terms as a Reformer Member of Parliament for North Grey and owned a Confederation Medal. The Sniders were married in 1835, and she was widowed on June 16, 1885. Mr. Snider died at the age of 73. As this mourning bonnet is "light mourning" in style, it was likely worn by Mrs. Snider a few years after her husband had died. Mrs. Jane Snider passed away on Feb. 20, 1891 at Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Textiles, 19th-c Clothing Collection, Women's
Material Crepe/Thread
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Snider, George
Subjects Mourning
Function An item of "light mourning" attire, worn by a widow usually a few years after the decease of her husband.