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Gold oval locket with two twisted coils of brown table-worked hair applied to edge, center set with a painting and hairwork on ivory of a mourning plinth under a weeping willow tree, hinged pin and hook on reverse.
"A. F. Riggs" (Engraved)
Title Pair of gold brooches Accession Number 1927.492 ab
Title Portrait brooch Accession Number 1927.493
1 9/16 x 1 7/8 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Pictured in Sage, Adrienne, "Wealth, Style and Sentiment," Historic New England (Winter/Spring 2005): 6. A brooch with a similar memorial scene and hair frame is pictured in the facsimile of the A. Bernhard & Co. catalog reprinted in Bell, C. Jeannenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998): 237. 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.