Brooch

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1850-1880

GUSN

GUSN-101372

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

brooches
pins (jewelry)
glass (material)
Brooch

Inscription

"A. F. Riggs" (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

818

Related Items

Title Pair of gold brooches Accession Number 1927.492 ab
Title Portrait brooch Accession Number 1927.493

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

1 9/16 x 1 7/8 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Accession Number

1927.493

Reference Notes

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.