Necklace

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

ca. 1867

GUSN

GUSN-101356

Description

Brown twisted rope hair necklace with gold engraved clasp and brown hair cross pendant.

Details

Descriptive Terms

necklaces
human hair
gold alloy
Necklace

Label

Greely and Harriot Appleton Curtis named their first daughter, born in 1867, for his sister, who died the same year. Newborn Frances Greely Curtis received a necklace made with her namesake's hair from her aunt Isabella Pelham Curtis.

Inscription

"F.G.C." (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

802

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Maker

Probably Curtis, Isabella Pelham, 1832- 1915 (Maker)

Object Type

Adornment

Credit Line

Gift of Frances Greely Curtis

Accession Number

1943.1

Exhibition Notes

"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

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.