|Object ID #||1956.001.004|
|Title||1880s Late Mourning Cap|
|Lexicon category||3: Personal Artifacts|
|Year Range from||1885|
|Year Range to||1891|
|Place of Origin||Owen Sound, Grey County|
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
This cap belonged to and was worn by Jane Snider (neé 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|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
|Function||An item of "light mourning" attire, worn by a widow usually a few years after the decease of her husband.|