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Blonde table-worked hair bracelet, gold rectangular clasp set with a blonde braid of hair under glass, heart shaped drop set with blonde hair under glass attached to bottom of clasp.
A lover of books, music, and her close-knit family, Mary Cabot Lee Higginson instilled in her five children an appreciation for poetry before her premature death from tuberculosis in 1849. The bracelet may have been made by her daughter.
"M. C. H. / 1842" (Engraved)
Possibly Higginson, Mary, 1839-1904 (Maker)
3/4 x 3/4 (WxD), 2 1/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Miss Margaret L. Bush
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 Hair bracelet Accession Number 1930.1026
Title Hair bracelet Accession Number 1930.1027
Title Hair chain Accession Number 1930.1028
Title Hair bracelet Accession Number 1930.1029
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1930.1030
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1930.1031
Title Hair bracelet Accession Number 1930.1032
Title Hair bracelet Accession Number 1930.1033
Title Hair earrings Accession Number 1930.1034
Title d - Hair fragments Accession Number 1930.1035 a