Collection Type

  • Jewelry






This small circular brooch contains a braided lock of blonde hair under glass surrounded by seed pearls set in gold. It attaches with a hinged pin and hook on the reverse.


Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
mourning jewelry
glass (material)
freshwater pearl
human hair
gold alloy
hairwork jewelry


"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": This tiny pin held a woman's neckerchief closed. Made of gold and set with pearls to symbolize tears, this pin descended in the family of silversmith Ebenezer Moulton, who may have made it for his daughter, who gave it to her son-in-law.

Additional Identification Number



Attributed to Moulton, Ebeneezer, 1768-1824 (Jeweler)


3/16 (W), 1/2 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Newton Mackintosh

Accession Number


Reference Notes

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.


Probably Newburyport (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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