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Each earring in this pair is composed of tableworked brunette human hair. Suspended from a single gold s-hook earwire are a pair of hollow acorn-shaped drops, each capped at the base with a gold disc and pin. The uppermost drop is half the size of the lower drop.
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.
Title Gold brooch Accession Number 1922.1055
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1922.1056
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1922.1057
Title Hair earrings Accession Number 1922.1058