Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead

Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead

Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead
She comes with decorative stand, certificate of authenticity with enclosed story-leaflet as follows. Mercy brown last american vampire from rhode island, accused of being a vampire after her passing. According to vampire stories, the first known legend of vampire was born in transylvania, region of modern-day romania. The center of this folk tale is wallachian prince vlad iii, born in 1431. He is widely known as count dracula. The vampire tales grew and were very popular in the early 18th century europe. The last know and documented vampire story is the case of mercy brown. She was a beautiful young woman, who died in 1890, in exeter, rhode island, new england. Mercy was unfortunate to die of tuberculosis at age 19. Almost 2 years after her death, she was declared a vampire. Mercy brown is a victim of the 18th century spiritual mass hysteria in new england, caused by beliefs in the undead. Mercy brown was a daughter of george and mary brown. The family had a large farm and were considered well-to-do. Unfortunately, tuberculosis, then called consumption claimed the lives of several members of the family. The first to die was mary (mother), followed by the eldest daughter mary olive. Mercy and her brother edwin also contracted the desease, getting sicker day by day. Mercy finally passed in 1890, while edwin barely cling to life. After mercy’s death, there were rumors spreading around of alleged vampire activity in the village. The movement of spiritualism influenced many people to believe in spirit-communication, demons, vampires etc. Groups of spiritualists formed in many areas of united states. Very popular in middle and upper classes, especially those with british roots. Some members of the spiritualism convinced george in the curse of the undead claiming his family. Their views were accepted not only by george but other villagers. They were reports of seeing mercy wondering around the village, gardens and cemetery at night. Even edwin complained of his dead sister nightly visitations at his bedside. They persuaded george to give permission for the exhumation of the bodies of his beloved. They promised, that edwin; s life could be spared, and health restore if the vampire (undead) was killed. Mercy was the main suspect because of her alleged sightings. The exhumation took place on march 17, 1892 with several eye-witnesses, a physician and the newspaper reporter. The bodies of mother and elder sister were right away dismissed as undead, due to proper levels of decomposition. However, mercy’s body was pristine and exhibited no decay. Her heart and liver were full of liquid blood. Supposedly her hair and nails grew significantly longer. According to her father and other witnesses, the position of her body was not the same as when she was originally laid in the casket. Mercy brown was legally declared a vampire and blamed for her brother’s decline. Now, to remove the curse and destroy the vampire, her body had to be subjected to some strange rituals. They burned her heart. They collected all ashes and grinded them, then mix them with water and served as a medicine for edwin. The remains of her body were buried in the cemetery of the baptist church. As for the remedy, it didn’t work. Edwin died in a few months anyway. The possible lack of decay explanation is mercy’s burial circumstances. Her body could not be buried right away due to frozen ground after rhode island vicious winter. Her coffin had to be kept above ground crypt for 2 months, which would be equivalent to holding the body in the freezer. While mercy’s non-decomposition is somewhat explained, the panic and supposition lingered for the years to come. The mark of vampire still overshadows innocence of this young woman. Her burial place and grave remains a tourist attraction. A few short films and documentaries were made, some books refer to her story. Mercy brown is 23 inches tall. She is all crafted, without using any glue or paints. The doll’s body is made of high quality thick cotton with the light greenish hue. Body stuffed with poly-fiber filling. Her undergarments are made of white lacey delicate nylon with black, lacey underwear and white underskirt. The face is needle-sculpted, with the eyes and lips hand-embroidered with crochet-threads. Her eyes are large with vampire like, hypnotic glare. The lips are red with visible white teeth and fangs. Her fingernails are embroidered with read thread. The hair is made natural, handmade dyed wool mixed with some acrylic golden shaded yarns. Hair-do is made similar to mercy photographs and style of the upper middle classes of her era. Hair gathered into the back bun with some curly strings loosely down. She has a black and purple flower ornament and the leaf-garland entwined with some hair strings. All strands are individually sewn onto crocheted base and to the head. Her wardrobe consists of a long dark green rayon dress. The fashion is an exact copy of the dress she usually wore for her photographs or portraits. Long with white lace embellishments and crocheted components. Vampires were very conscious of their wardrobe, so my mercy is dressed nice and has good quality jewelry. Choker with sparkling yarn and czech beads with a silver ornament to signify that vampires are not afraid of silver. She wears a vintage oval necklace/brooch. Her dress has an inner white lacey part with matching sleeve ends and the bottom accents. She wears bracelets with crystal and golden beads. She loved gardening, so she would have the flowers or green leaves as decoration. Her shoes are crocheted with golden brown yarns and decorated with purple crochet flowers. The shoe fashion consisted with mercy’s era. As a vampire she also wears beautiful and delicate cape flowing freely from her shoulders down. Cape is made of black silky lace and the aqua silk. Doll stands on the ivory doll stand covered with different shades of green and brown simulating the grassy ground of her burial place. It is embellished with green fabric garland. In the middle i placed a handmade tomb with cameo ornament symbolizing mercy as a young lady. I also placed a vampire coffin patch as a symbol of the vampire accusation. This doll is meant for decorative purpose (not as a toy,) however she is very sturdily made and doesn’t contain pieces that would easily come off. Mercy brown doll was created in may 2018. The character-story posted above is composed by me. It is a compendium of information based on tv documentary lore and history channel. I used online articles and encyclopedia. In krakow poland there is a restaurant called mercy brown. It contains over 60 photographs referring to mercy brown incident. For the body i used a modified version of the doll-pattern from the book cloth doll artistry by barbara willis. For face-sculpting, i used technique from the book cloth dolls by brenda brightmore. The wardrobe ideas came from illustrations included in several books history of costume series paper dolls by tom tierney. This item is made of crystal beads and embroidery face, crocheted clothes, lace dress, silk cloak, brown wool, tan linen, gold beads, antic brooch, vintage costume, vampire costume, handmade fabric doll, miniature tombstone.
Mercy Brown (1871-1890) Last American Vampire Young Woman Publicly Declared Undead