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Gold oval brooch, center set with brown woven hair under beveled glass and surrounded by a row of natural pearls, engraving and hinged pin and hook on reverse.
"Catherine Ellis / Died July 26th / 1856." (Engraved)
11/16 in x 7/8 in x 3/16 in (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Edwin Buckingham Sears
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 the collection of Edwin B. Sears see the exhibition catalogue Sander, Penny J., ed. "Earliest Recollections: Furnishings from the Family of Edwin B. Sears" (1984).
Title Gold necklace with locket Accession Number 1987.626
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1987.627
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1987.628
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1987.629
Title Gold and turquoise brooch Accession Number 1987.630
Title Gold ring Accession Number 1987.631
Title Silver brooch Accession Number 1987.632