Mourning jewelry became popular in early Victorian America during the 19th
century. It was worn in remembrance of, and to honor a deceased loved one. This
became a common as well as fashionable practice, especially during the Civil
War. These black mourning ribbons were worn during the Civil War by family
members to remember their lost loved ones here in Gettysburg and other
battlefields. In most instances, a button from the soldier's coat was used with
the ribbon for personalization.
Original Civil-War era mourning cockade with 'NC' Sunburst Button
C.S.A., C.S. Staff, Federal Eagle,
Eagle-'I', Eagle-'C', Berdan, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia,
Georgia and Mississippi ribbons are currently available.