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This oval-shaped brooch is set with a braided knot of human hair under glass. The center is surrounded by a border of drop-shaped faceted jet set in gold mounts. Suspended from the center base of the oval on a thin gold link chainis a pendant tableworked hair cross with gold mounts.
On brooch: "J.H.D./Feb 8th 1869." On note one: "Breast him/ with my father/ Hair & Grey cross/ of mothers Hair/ MD Phillips" On note two with one brown and one clear stone: "Not to be set" (engrave and cursive)
Duncan, James Henry, 1793-1869
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
1 3/8 x 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation