This Matthew Sweet is a funny man. Her authority drains away, however, when dealing with less material aspects of Victorian life, the sort that can’t be deduced from a sickle, snood or tincture. “Even within a family setting,” she writes, “few women were willing to be...

“Hair Wreaths: Fancywork from the Victorian Era” Often, close companions exchanged hair as tokens of friendship. Hair was also sometimes taken after a person’s death as a means of honor and remembrance. (via HLATC: Featured Textiles: Hair...