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Drop for Jewelry

1929.1068 (RS7112)

Description

This drop is composed of tableworked brunette human hair in the shape of an acorn. It is set on a gold pin and capped at the top with a gold disc and attached suspension loop. The drop may have been for earrings, a watch fob, or other type of jewelry.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Earring
gold (metal)
human hair
Possibly earrings (jewelry)
Dimensions
1/2 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1929.1068
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Janet Campbell
GUSN
101247
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.
Related Items
Title Pair of earrings Accession number 1929.1066 ab Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Janette Campbell:
Title Single earring Accession number 1929.1067
Title Hair pendant Accession number 1929.1068
Title Pendant Accession number 1929.1069
Title g - Seven brass buttons Accession number 1929.1093 a
Title g - Seven buttons Accession number 1929.1094 a
Title Pair of painted buttons Accession number 1929.1095 ab
Title Filigree breast pin Accession number 1932.2541
Title Pair of bracelets Accession number 1932.2548 ab

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