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Gold circular pendant, center set with palette worked curls, pearls and pieces of gold wire over a milk glass background, reverse has small compartment set with gold initials "JG" over brown hair in basket weave pattern, gold loop on top for attachment. White paper box with red edges and pink-tinted cotton interior with inscription on the lid once held the locket.
"JG" (Gold letters)
"John Grew's hair. 18th cen" (on interior of box lid in pencil)
Title Locket Accession Number 1965.82
Title Daguerreotype of Jane Norton Wigglesworth and her sister. Accession Number 1965.83
Title Belt buckle Accession Number 1965.84
Title Belt buckle Accession Number 1965.85
Title Ring Accession Number 1965.86
Adornment; Body Adornments
1 7/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.
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.
ca.1800 (John Grew died in 1800)