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This looped circle of light brown hair is tied with a green silk ribbon and pinned to a letter written by a young woman to her intended several months prior to their wedding.
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"To Marion, / Dear friend, you have requested a lock of my hair. / I send it, the same you have oft' seen me wear, / 'Tis a trifle, but trifles, to friends are oft dear, / They make present the past, and the absent bring near,. / When you look on this singlet, Oh! think of the friend / To whose lovely hour's, you pleasure did lend; / Whose best wish attends you wher've you may be, / Who cannot forget you, who says think of me. / At eve, when the bright sun is sinking away, / Soft twighlight suceeding the glory of day, / I think of the Marion, Oh! Then think of me. / Should age crown our head's with his lock's, thin and hoar, / Then this may remind you of blest day's of your; / Whether youthful, or aged, or whatever my lot, / I still shall remember thee, forget me not. / Mira T. Fogg / Buxton, Jan - 15; / 1863" (Ink)
Fogg, Almira Tolford, 1837-1899 (Author)
1 1/2 x 1 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
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.
1863 (January 15)
Buxton (York county, Maine)