News about Victorian Lockets
Stylish compacts kept ladies’ powder dry
NEW YORK – Though cosmetic paints and powders were once dangerous or deemed vulgar, the fair sex has long used them to brighten and lighten their looks.
Scrapbook of Queen Victoria memorabilia on sale in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) – A scrapbook of items collected by Queen Victoria’s longtime German-born governess, including lockets of the regent’s hair and memorabilia from her wedding, is being auctioned in Berlin.
Miscellaneana: Whitby jet, once a staple of mourning jewelry
LONDON – The woman in the bead shop had never heard of Whitby jet, so we put her right. It was the proper thing to do. According to some observers in the trade, along with amber and coral, jet is “back in the black.” According to my “business manager” (Mrs. P), beads in general are […]
American Civil War photographs: art and history
The rapid development of affordable photographic techniques in the mid-19th century was a technological innovation that affected every level of society. By the time of the American Civil War, photographs had an impact on family relations, battlefield strategy and national politics. Scenes of conflict—once portrayed as heroic in paintings and drawings—were now revealed with tragic […]