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This oval brooch is set with a swirl of blonde and brown hair under beveled glass. It is mounted in a plain gold border and closes with a hinged pin and hook on the reverse.
"J. C. L. / Obt. Jany. 21st 1840 / A. L. / Obt. April 8th 1841. / J. F. L. / Obt. Sepr. 20th 1843 / N. L. / Obt. March 18th 1844 / Mary B. Low." (Engraved)
Title Mother of pearl seal Accession Number 1921.299
Title Mosaic brooch Accession Number 1921.316
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1921.317
1 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of John Robinson
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.