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Monday, 22 October 2012

Regency Mourning Dress conventions at Court

Do you know what constituted mourning wear in the Regency period, or how long it had to be worn for? Here are some details on what Regency courtiers were expected to wear whilst mourning the death of the Duke of Sleswick Holstein Augustenbourg, from Bell's Weekly Messenger December 1814
For the first two weeks, ladies to wear black silk, fringed or plain linen, white gloves, necklaces and earrings, black or white shoes, fans and tippets. Undress, white or grey lustrings, tabbies or damask.
Gentlemen to wear black, full-trimmed, fringed or plain linen, black swords and buckles. Undress- grey frocks.
For the ensuing two weeks, ladies to wear black silk or velvet, coloured ribbons, fans and tippets, or plain white, or white and gold, or white and silver stuffs, with black ribbons.
The gentlemen to wear black coats, and black or plain white, or white and gold, or white and silver stuff waistcoats, full trimmed, coloured swords and buckles.
At the end of the month, the Court was permitted to go out of mourning.
Bell's Weekly Messenger December 1814

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