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Silver oval locket, front has an applied gold cipher of an entwined endless knot and the letter C, inside compartment contains a lock of blonde hair under glass and a newspaper clipping, loop attachment at top.
"DIED. - In Paris, September 30th, Bowdoin / Bradlee, son of Ogden Codman, Esq., of Lincoln, / Massachusetts, U.S." (Printed paper)
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
7/8 in x 1/4 in (WxD) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
For more information on the Codman estate see the entire issue of "Old Time New England" 71, no. 258 (1981). 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.