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Bracelet

1930.161 (RS7188)

Description

Gold flexible link bracelet in the form of a braid with floral engraving set with brown and blonde ropes of table-worked hair, hidden push button clasp and safety chain.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1859-1865
Inscriptions
Stamped with French hallmark for 18 karat gold (Hallmark)
Location of origin
France
Material
eighteen-carat gold
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Places
France
Descriptive terms
BRACELET
bracelets (jewelry)
eighteen-carat gold
hairwork jewelry
human hair
souvenirs
Dimensions
1 3/16 x 5/16 (WxD), 3 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1930.161
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Ellen F. Mason
GUSN
100897
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995. [Listed in exhibition catalog as 1930.60]
Reference Notes
For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219. For history of the Mason family see Winthrop, Robert C., Jr. "Memoir of Robert Means Mason," Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. XVIII, 1881, 302-317 and Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," (2003).
Related Items
Title Set of vest buttons Accession number 1930.160 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Ellen F. Mason:
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1930.161
Title Gold brooch Accession number 1930.162
Title Mother of pearl locket Accession number 1930.163
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1930.165
Title Pair of ivory brooches Accession number 1930.168
Title Coral pendant Accession number 1930.169
Title Coral bracelet Accession number 1930.170
Title Hair brooch Accession number 1930.171
Title Cross brooch Accession number 1930.172
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.173
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.174
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.175
Title Silver pendant Accession number 1930.176
Title Cameo bracelet Accession number 1930.177
Title Cameo pin Accession number 1930.178
Title Cameo earrings Accession number 1930.179
Title Photograph of Mrs. Robert Means Mason (donated by Miss Clara B. Winthrop) Accession number 1930.1188

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