Crown of braids

This photo from the 1870s features a solemn woman with a crown of braids. Her dress appears to have been velvet. Victorian fashions were much more bold in their color choices at times, so this dress could have been blue with red trim, brown with green trim, orange with black trim, etc. We will never know, of course. She chose to sit for T. L. Darnell of Cumberland, MD.

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