Bracelet

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1863

GUSN

GUSN-101359

Description

This bracelet is composed of four rows of table-worked brunette human hair braided together. The bracelet attaches with a three-part clasp. Each end of the hair braid is enclosed in a chased gold end cap. One cap is attached with a tube hinge to an openwork swirled gold oval rosette set with a puff of tableworked human hair. The other end cap forms a tongue and groove clasp with the rosette.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bracelets (jewelry)
human hair
gold (metal)
Bracelet

Inscription

"Oct. 11th. / 1863. / M. G. W / from / J. N. W." (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

805

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1 in x 1/2 (WxD), 4 3/16 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Estate of Mrs. Jane N. Grew

Accession Number

1920.545

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.

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