Mourning Practices During the Time of Jane Austen

Candice will explain the guidelines for full mourning and half mourning during the Regency period, in terms of dress and behavior; conventions for curtailing social activities for widows and other family members; rules for court mourning; the differences between private and public mourning, and private and public funerals. Jane Austen’s death and funeral (only 4 people attended) will be used as an example of private mourning.

Candice will demonstrate how ladies’ magazines of the period covered the deaths of members of the royal family, including providing fashion prints of mourning wear. Public proclamations of court mourning (for the death of a member of the royal family) dictate what fabrics and colors were allowed to be worn for each stage of mourning. Jane Austen’s letters as well as the famous scrap book of Barbara Johnson will be used to demonstrate how middle class women adapted their wardrobes for mourning. Styles of Regency period mourning jewelry will also discussed.

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This presentation can be either in-person or virtual. For in-person events, examples of Regency mourning jewelry from Candice’s collections will be available for attendees to view.

Ladies’ Magazines of the Regency Period

In this presentation, Candice will explore what a woman of the Regency, like Jane Austen, would have read to keep abreast of social and political news, fashion, literature, and theatre.

The most popular magazines of the day — including the Lady’s Magazine, Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, La Belle Assemblée, the Lady’s Monthly Museum, the Gallery of Fashion, and Le Beau Monde — will be discussed in terms of packaging, circulation numbers, content (including prints), editorial direction, and more.

Candice’s presentation includes lots of images of covers, titles pages, tables of contents, advertisements, fashion plates and other prints, and more.

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This presentation can be either in=person or virtual. For in-person events, copies of many of the magazines, both bound volumes and individual monthly issues in their original covers will be on hand for attendees to examine.

Valentines of the Regency Period

In this presentation, Candice will give a brief history of the valentine card, focusing primarily on the valentines of the Regency period, including puzzle purses, elaborate cut-paper valentines, elegantly painted love letters, printed designs with beautiful cameo-embossed borders, cobweb valentines, delicate paper lace, the earliest printed valentines, and more.

One of the historical figures featured in the presentation is Elizabeth Cobbold, famous for her extraordinary hand-made valentines given out at her annual Valentine’s Day party.

Briefly going beyond the Regency period into the Victorian period, Candice will show how various English traditions made their way into American valentines of the 19th century. The “mother of the American valentine,” Esther Howland, who decided she could make better valentines than the English ones her stationer father imported, will be briefly discussed.

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This presentation can be either in-person or virtual. Candice doesn’t collect Regency valentines, but she does collect 19th century American valentines. For in-person events, she will bring lots of examples, including many by Esther Howland, to display for attendees to view.

My Lady’s Dressing Table

This is primarily a show-and-tell presentation and is only available for in-person events. It features many of the objects from Candice’s Collections, appropriate for readers, writers, and historians interested in the Regency period.

Concentrating on items found on a lady’s dressing table as well as a few fashion accessories, the presentation includes several types of scent bottles, vinaigrettes, cosmetic cases, jewelry, fans, purses, quizzing glasses, and shoe buckles. Candice will explain the historical context of each group of items and describe how they were used. A visual presentation provides detailed images of the items as well as paintings and fashion prints that show similar items in use.

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The items will be on display for all attendees to examine closely.

Sumner Library Exhibit

In the summer of 2017, items from Candice’s collections were on exhibit at the Sumner Library in Minneapolis, as part of a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen.

The exhibit included fashion prints of mourning clothes, a muslin fichu, fans, purses, scent bottles, and vinaigrettes — all from the period of Jane Austen.