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Bracelet

1920.545 (RS6781)

Description

This bracelet is composed of four rows of table-worked brunette human hair braided together. The bracelet attaches with a three-part clasp. Each end of the hair braid is enclosed in a chased gold end cap. One cap is attached with a tube hinge to an openwork swirled gold oval rosette set with a puff of tableworked human hair. The other end cap forms a tongue and groove clasp with the rosette.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1863
Inscriptions
"Oct. 11th. / 1863. / M. G. W / from / J. N. W." (Engraved)
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Bracelet
bracelets (jewelry)
gold (metal)
human hair
Dimensions
1 in x 1/2 (WxD), 4 3/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1920.545
Credit Line
Estate of Mrs. Jane N. Grew
GUSN
101359
Exhibition Notes
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England. Launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
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.
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