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    Mourning quilt made by Elizabeth H. Bates Durrett (1831-1889) who lost one daughter, Florence Montgomery Durrett (1863-1869) at age six and a second daughter, Lily Bates Durrett (1859-1881) at the age of 21. The mourning quilt was made using material from her daughters' clothing.
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    Dress of Hattie Leona Main (1873-1876) depicted in a painting to memorialize her life when she passed away in 1876.
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    Pair of cufflinks made of hair and gold. Collected by Robert Schmitt who was a jeweler for Drake Jewelry.
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    Mourning ribbon worn by Andrew J. Ballard who attended the funeral of Abraham Lincoln as part of a Kentucky Delegation sent by the governor to the funeral. See also 1929.8.5 / MSS_CB_1 gloves worn to funeral and letter documenting items.
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    "The Nation is Weeping" by Louise S. Upham song sheet. Memorial card with an image of Abraham Lincoln "In Memoriam/ Abraham Lincoln/ Born February 12th 1809 / Died April 15th 1865"
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    White silk mourning ribbon memorializing the death of Abraham Lincoln. "We mourn the nation's loss / Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1865." Abraham Lincoln manuscript collection.
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    Mourning Ribbon memorializing Lafayette ( 1757-1834). Silk ribbon with image of Lafayette surrounded by a laurel wreath and a stand of arms. "Lafayette / Born Sept 1st. A.D. 1757. / Died May 20. A.D. 1834."
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    Funeral ribbon memorializing Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). Ribbon is made of black and white silk with Metalica fringe. "Grant (stitched in thread) / Aide / Civic Division / August 8th, 1885"
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    Funeral ribbon memorializing Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). Ribbon is made of black mourning crepe and blue silk. A black pin is attached to the center top. The pin has a white shield, black sash and "Grant" in white lettering.
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    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of James A. Garfield. Black ribbon with a photograph of Garfield affixed to the center. in Grey writing: We mourn our nation's loss. J.A. Garfield. Died Sept. 19, 1881. "
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    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of Jefferson Davis (1808-1889). Contains the image of the Confederate flag. "Funeral Obsequies of Jefferson Davis. Reception Committee. New Orleans, Dec. 11th 1889."
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    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of Zachary Taylor (1784-1850). Gold eagle holding an American Flag with profile of Taylor in gold. "The last coherent words of the venerable patriot, President Zachary Tailor [sic]: 'I die--I am expecting the summons--I am ready to meet death-- I have endeavored faithfully to discharge my duty --I am sorry to leave my friends!"
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    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of Zachary Taylor (1784-1850). "The nation mourns a patriot gone. Published at 302 Race St Bel., 9th."
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    Silk ribbon memorializing the death of H.R.H. The Late Prince Consort. "The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. The world and they that dwell therein." Contains images of Beatrice, Helena, Louisa, Victoria and Alice. "Coventry, 1863."
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    Wearing what appears to be a mourning brooch similar in style to 1962.3.1 and 1962.3.4.
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    Hannah Deweese was married to Cornelius DeWeese and lived on a 900 acre farm, Hunter’s Bottom, in Carol County, Kentucky. She was in her 30s when this portrait was painted of her, with what appears to be hair and/or mourning jewelry, including a brooch similar in style to pieces in the Filson's collection (see 1962.3.1 & 1962.3.3), a bracelet, and a ring. When Hannah died in 1884, eight of her thirteen children preceded her in death.
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    Hattie Leona Palmer, who was just 3 years old when she passed in 1876 was memorialized in a large portrait. Hattie or “Little Leona” was the daughter of Reuben Palmer (1824-1909) and Hattie J. Knepfly Main (1849-1911). A framed hand inscribed death announcement immortalizes Leona as a “bright little cherub, not only the pet of the household, but the favorite of the neighborhood. Well may it be said that ‘Death loves a shining mark,’ and his icy grasp heeds not age or condition. “Little Leona” the fairest flower, has been plucked from the bosom of living friends to be transplanted above and bloom in eternal spring.” See also the dress she wore in the painting (2011.23.2).
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    Fanny was the daughter of James W. Henning (brother of Fanny Henning Speed) and Mildred E. Maupin (b. 1821), who died in 1850 of accidental poisoning, along with an infant she was nursing. Fanny died in October, 1866 around the age of 18 or 19 from Phthisis, also known as tuberculosis. A year after Fannie’s death, her father commissioned artist G.P.A Healy to paint several family portraits. Fanny’s portrait shows her as a child rather than a teenager. It is believed that the only known image of her was a daguerreotype taken when she was a child. The photograph only depicted her from the bust up. Her half-sister Lulie, born in 1860 to J.W Henning and his second wife Sarah Katherine Cowan Buck (1827-1919) wore Fanny’s dress and modeled for the artist.
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    Joshua Fry Speed (1814-1882) and Fanny Henning Speed (1820-1902) . Oil on canvas 45.5 x 55.5 inches. Fanny Speed is wearing what appears to be a mourning brooch, similar to brooches in the Filson's collection (see 1982.13.10 and 1990.5.2). See also 1981.8.20.
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    Henning and Hobb family miniature portraits, including mourning portrait of Susan Henning Hobbs (1816-1835) (top), first wife of Edward Dorsey Hobbs. Painted in grisaille manner to indicate her death around the age 19. The family miniatures were later framed together. Other miniatures include: Edward Dorsey Hobbs (left-center) (son of Mary Ann Hobbs), Mary Ann Dorsey Hobbs (center), Susan Hobbs Luckett (right-center)(daughter of Marry Ann Hobbs), and Fanny Henning Speed (bottom) (see also 1935.14).
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