A photograph of a woman from the 1890′s. She’s clearly beautiful and her outfit and jewellery are gorgeous:
The women is unidentified and from a collection in the State Library of Queensland. I wonder if she was an actress or someone well-known at the time. She — and her pose — look so polished, as if she was no stranger to the camera. Or perhaps she was just a self-composed individual, confident of her beauty. I’m also wondering if that is a jet fob watch chain she has on her dress? We bought one recently to put in the shop but haven’t got around to it yet. Jet was usually associated with mourning jewellery but I don’t think she is in mourning garb — that dress — that totally wonderful dress — was probably an a rich dark colour which obviously wouldn’t show up in that image.