Pair of Earrings

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1850-1880

GUSN

GUSN-101315

Description

Each earring in this pair is composed of tableworked blonde human hair. Each earring top is a hollow ball with a floral gold mount and a suspension ring at the base, from which hangs an acorn-shaped drop with a gold pin and gold disc mount at the base. One drop is missing its gold base mount. The earrings attach with gold s-shaped ear wires.

Details

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
human hair
gold (metal)
Earring

Additional Identification Number

761

Related Items

Title Tortoiseshell chain and locket Accession Number 1930.15
Title Tortoiseshell cameo studs Accession Number 1930.16 ab
Title Intaglio Accession Number 1930.17 ab
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1930.18
Title Hair earrings Accession Number 1930.19 ab
Title Coral brooch Accession Number 1930.20
Title Cameo fob Accession Number 1930.21
Title Cameo studs Accession Number 1930.22 ab
Title Coral pin Accession Number 1930.136
Title Coral earrings Accession Number 1930.137 ab
Title Tortoiseshell lorgnette Accession Number 1937.1307

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Accession Number

1930.19AB

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.