Necklace, Antebellum jewelry

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Identifier

http://dp.la/api/items/c688bbb9030cbea15907f69cd8947533

Title

Necklace, Antebellum jewelry

Creator

Unknown

Date

06/13/03

Description

Locket containing human hair. Oval locket, surrounded by two strands of twisted thick wire. Front side of locket contains four plumes of hair; back side contains three plumes, all under glass. Broken-braided human hair chain with clasp on top. L 1 5/8" x W 1 3/8".
An example of the use of human hair as a keepsake in Antebellum jewelry. It was considered the mark of a well-bred lady for her to be able to weave or crochet hair into something pretty and/or useful.
American Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities
16 History

Subject

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Jewelry
Hair
Keepsake
Antebellum
Victorian
Adornment

Source

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Type

image

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