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1919.243 (RS199279)


Gold bracelet with six oval medallions set with tintypes of Louis Agassiz, Alexander Dallas Bache, Benjamin Peirce, John Quincy Adams, Carl Freidrich Gauss, and John Adams. The reverse of each medallion is set with a lock of hair from each subject, except that of John Adams which came from the head of Daniel Webster instead.


"Louis Agassiz / A.D. Bache / Benjamin Pierce / J.Q. Adams / 6th Pres't U.S.A. / Gauss, / Gottingenl. / John Adams / 2nd Pres't U.S.A." (Engraving from left to right:)
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
tintypes (prints)
Object type
Descriptive terms
bracelets (jewelry)
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
tintypes (prints)
1 1/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Albert Thorndike
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. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at
Reference Notes
Pictured in Sage, Adrienne, "Wealth, Style and Sentiment," Historic New England (Winter/Spring 2005); and Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): Plate 147, 221. 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 more information on portrait jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 220-222.
Related Items
Title Hair and portrait bracelet Accession number 1919.243 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. Albert Thorndike:
Title Hair of John Quincy Adams Accession number 1919.244
Title Hair of Louis Agassiz Accession number 1919.245
Title Earrings Accession number 1927.64
Title Brooch Accession number 1927.65
Title Watch fob Accession number 1933.1811