1865 still saw the long suit coat worn by gentlemen of the Civil War era. Although these photos are from England – Bury St. Edmunds and Suffolk – fashions were, for the most part, the same in Europe and the United States, with the states following fashion set across the pond. This gentleman wears the huge sideburns of this time. Notice his hat on the table.
Wearing the simple hairstyles of the 1860’s these women also wear jewelry from after the war – chunky necklaces made of chains or large beads. This was known as mourning jewelry, a memento of those who died during the war; in England it was known as Victorian jewelry, to remember those family members who had passed away.
What a fantastic photo of an older couple. The woman’s hat, sleeves and shawl, as well as her huge skirt, give us indications of this time period. The gentleman wears a long coat, and notice how large his pant legs are. In the 1870’s these became more fitted, as well as the suitcoat. He holds gloves in his right hand. The seem a happy couple.
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