1860s black lace caps (not mourning bonnets as described). "One of black lace and velvet ribbons, with bits of apple green silk and jet beads to the long lappets ; and one of black machine net with pinked silk frill, embellished with apricot silk rosettes." Christie's.
Two women in full goth garb — one in a black lace veil, the other in a top hat — were gamely posing for tourists' photos on the steps of the Met. They were there, along with more traditionally dressed reporters, to preview the Costume Institute's latest exhibit, "Death Becomes Her," which opens tomorrow and focuses on mourning fashion from 1815 to 1915.
Victorian Woven Black Straw Layered Silk Veil Full Mourning Bonnet Hat. This marvelous mourning bonnet has a layered veil which can be worn covering the face or folded back over the head, attached to small bonnet underneath with a hatpin and silk tie straps for securing under the chin.
Dark purple wool and moiré silk mourning ensemble, Arthur Chambers & Co, Grantham, England, ca. 1880-85. Standup collar with tulle ruffles, small fob pocket at the waist, ruched skirt panels and center-back waist, gilt-brass Venetian-style winged lion buttons, matching capelet. Kerry Taylor Auctions