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Bracelet

1920.546 (RS203321)

Description

This bracelet is composed of three braids of elaborate tableworked human hair set in a hinged gold clasp. The clasp is constructed from three hollow rectangles of gold decorated on the exterior and connected with tube hinges. The outermost pair of rectangles show a diamond interlaced with an "X"-shaped ribbon against a rough, patinaed background. The central rectangle shows a scrolled cartouche worked with the inscription "AW to MW" in gothic script. The bracelet closes with a tounge and groove clasp. The interior bears a date inscription.

Details

Maker
Wigglesworth, Anna (Inscriber)
Date
1864
Inscriptions
Front: "A. W. / to / M. W." Back: July 28th. 1864 / 1. Park St." (Engraved)
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Bracelet
bracelets (jewelry)
gold (metal)
human hair
Dimensions
1 x 1/4 (WxD), 2 7/8 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1920.546
Credit Line
Estate of Mrs. Jane N. Grew
GUSN
101265
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.
Reference Notes
Pictured in Brierley, Sarah, "With this Ring I Thee Wed," Historic New England, Fall (2007): 17. 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.
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