Bracelet

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1860-1880

GUSN

GUSN-101474

Description

This bracelet is composed of brunette, table-worked human hair closed with a gold octagonal clasp set with a purple-colored paste stone.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bracelets (jewelry)
human hair
gold (metal)
paste (glass)
Bracelet

Label

Hair jewelry can be among the most personal of commemorations and gifts. According to family history, Mary Emery made this bracelet with her own hair. Her husband, Reverend Samuel Moody Emery, then gave the bracelet to his relative Martha Richardson Moody to commemorate the death of Martha's husband, Samuel.

Inscription

Bracelet: "M. L. M"

Note: "Dear Martha, / Will you accept this bracelet a braid of Mary's / hair as a token of love from your truly affectionate. / S H Emery" (Engraved and Ink)

Additional Identification Number

921

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Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

1/2 x 3/16 (WxD), 2 1/8 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Emery

Accession Number

1928.896

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.