Photography 16.12.2016

Jewels, Memory and Photography

Despite the title of this dissertation in mourning and sentimental jewellery being ‘Art of Mourning’, the primary message of the…

Brooches 08.11.2014
Black Enamel Mourning Brooch Gothic Revival In Memory Of

A Mourning Tour: The Mourning Brooch Standard, Early-Mid 19th Century

Mourning jewels are easy to identify for their purpose. It is within the sentiment of a jewel that one can…

Brooches 26.08.2013
Black Enamel Mourning Brooch Gothic Revival In Memory Of

The Mourning Brooch Standard, Early-Mid 19th Century

Mourning jewels are easy to identify for their purpose. It is within the sentiment of a jewel that one can…

Lockets 20.02.2013
Locket Miniature Black Enamel

Miniatures, Lockets and The Rise of Photography

Since the 1840s, photography had changed the landscape of sentimental jewels. Many factors contributed to this, involving improvements in technology…

Miniatures 16.11.2012
miniature compact photography

Victorian Photography in a Miniature Compact

Photography and hairwork are the perfect marriage of materials. Both were (and are), cheap to produce and easy to manipulate…

Miniatures 14.11.2012
Photograph and Miniature Compact

Photograph and Hairwork Compact

Compacts in velvet or leather cases took the place for a transportable memento, which has its roots based in the…

Rings 15.02.2012
1911 Mourning Ring, Australian

20th Century Mourning Rings

This is one of the last pieces in the traditional mourning style for its time. The bold ‘in memory of’…

Rings 25.01.2012
1880 Locket Ring

Anna Schrarn, 1881 Locket Ring

As seen in the ‘Discovering a 19th Century Swivel Ring’ piece, this ring shares remarkably the same style in terms…

Art 06.10.2010

Photography + Ephemera

Photography and memorial ephemera are intrinsically linked and the use of photography within memorial ephemera only grew as the process…

Art 16.09.2010

The Burns Archive Memento Mori Exhibit on Manhattan News

Ah, those wonderful people at The Burns Archive have been featured on Manhattan News and below is a look at…

Photography 14.08.2010

The Burns Archive: Dressed to Distress

Rather than write a myriad of superlatives about how magnificent the Burns Archive is, I’d rather let you all discover…

Photography 25.07.2010

The Burns Archive Blog

One of the most important inventions of modern times is the photograph. Its impact on human history has finally opened…

Photography 29.06.2010

Early Photograph Found?

Here is an interesting find that, if accurate, will change a lot of perspectives on the history of photography. From…

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Photography 27.05.2010
William Mumler, Spirit Photography

Photography, Part 7: Spirit Photography

From 1861 to the 1930s, spirit photography was a phenomena that relates to spiritualism and the social focus upon science….

Photography 20.05.2010

Photography, Part 6

These brooches are shown on behalf of Larry West (Tokens of Affection and Regard) . It should be noted that…

Photography 13.05.2010

Photography, Part 5

As print became affordable and accessible, items such as the Carte de visite and cabinet card were available with variations…

Funeralia 06.05.2010

Photography, Part 4

The precedent for post-mortem photography verges on the ancient, with funeral and post-mortem imagery linked to early cultural developement. For…

Photography 26.04.2010

Photography (in Jewellery), Part 3

Old techniques, such as the silhouette, which were fast and cost effective, became quickly obsolete. Silhouettes in rings, pendants and…

Photography 19.04.2010

Photography (in Jewellery), Part 2

As quickly as the technology spread, jewellery and fashion were fast to adopt photography. The wearing of a photograph became…

Photography 12.04.2010
Photography

Photography, Part 1

The photograph is arguably the most important innovation in history for memorialising a loved one. No invention captures the essence…