Maternity mourning dress (dress)

A Picture of Health: Exeter's Medical History


This black silk dress would have been worn by a pregnant woman who was in mourning for a close family member. It was probably altered to a maternity dress from an existing dress. Mourning etiquette in the 1800s and early 1900s was strictly observed and was an important signifier of social respectability.

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