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Mourning handkerchief, associated with Oswald family, Auchencruive, Ayrshire

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000-100-101-247-C
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Mourning handkerchief, associated with Oswald family, Auchencruive, Ayrshire

This cotton circular mourning handkerchief is from the Oswald family of Auchencruive in Ayrshire. It dates from around 1870.

The handkerchief has a printed inner border of black interlinked 'L' shapes and an outer border of plain black. The centre is embroidered with an 'M' and an 'O' in red cross stitches.

In the 19th century the etiquette of mourning became more complex and more widespread especially for women. Queen Victoria was widowed in 1861 and wore mourning dress from then until her death 40 years later. Her example was followed by widows everywhere.


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Online ID: 000-100-101-247-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1977.846
Date: Around 1870
c. 1870
Material: White cotton printed in black, embroidered with red thread. Inscription: M O
Dimensions: 505 mm D
What: Handkerchief, woman's mourning
ICOM Number: F 8.9
Subject: European costume : female costume : accessories
Who: Oswald Family (Owner)
Where: GREAT BRITAIN
Scotland, Ayrshire, Auchencruive
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Description: Woman's mourning handkerchief of white cotton with a printed black border of interlinked L shapes and M O embroidered in the centre in Gothic script with red thread: British, c. 1870
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