Mourning Dress and accessories. During the Victorian era through the early 20th century, mourning ritual and dress were observed for six months to a year. The etiquette of how to dress, in terms of clothing and jewelry was observed by American and British alike,
Half-Mourning Dress: 1872-74, American, silk. "This half mourning dress shows the care with which additional colors were implemented in mourning attire with the white accents carefully placed to not overwhelm the black and create a visually appealing transitional garment."