"1871, Great Britain, London, Windsor, wax seal, mourning cover." Mourning in the 19th century extended to every part of life, even stationary. The width of the black border on the stationary decreased over time, just as a woman's mourning clothing would go through lessening degrees of outward mourning until she could return to her usual clothing.
1870 Mourning brooch Set with jet and pearls, this is an exceptionally pretty pin. The hair is arranged as a feather through a wreath and with leaves. It's all hair. The back is inscribed M. B. Barrett 1819 - 1869. Pearls and jet both had great symbolism for the Victorians. The pearls signified tears.