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Each earring in this pair is composed of tableworked brunette human hair. Each tube of worked hair forms a large loop set at each end in gold mounts. A thin gold bar is suspended between the two gold mounts at the top of each loop. At the center of the bar is a small ring for a pendant, now missing. The earrings fasten with hinged ear wires at the top of each loop.
Title Pair of earrings Accession Number 1929.1066 ab
Title Single earring Accession Number 1929.1067
Title Hair pendant Accession Number 1929.1068
Title Pendant Accession Number 1929.1069
Title g - Seven brass buttons Accession Number 1929.1093 a
Title g - Seven buttons Accession Number 1929.1094 a
Title Pair of painted buttons Accession Number 1929.1095 ab
Title Filigree breast pin Accession Number 1932.2541
Title Pair of bracelets Accession Number 1932.2548 ab
1 1/8 (W) (inches)
Gift of Mrs. Janet Campbell
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.