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96/266/2-1 Bracelet, mourning, metal / human hair / textile / glass, maker unknown, England, c. 1850-1870. Click to enlarge.

Mourning bracelet

Made in England, 1850-1870.
Bracelet made from 3 intertwined ropes of plaited brown hair. Two ropes are dark brown, one is plaited in open work style weave and the other in closed style weave. The third rope is pale brown in close style weave. The rope rings are held together with a hexagon shaped wide gilt metal ring, three panels of which are decorated in relief with intricate floriate motifs. Attached to the ring of each bracelet is a gilt metal oval pendant decorated in relief with intricate floriate motifs and applied with a horseshoe in relief on one side with a locket of hair held together with fine gilt thread enclosed on the other.

Summary

Object No.

96/266/2-1

Object Statement

Bracelet, mourning, metal / human hair / textile / glass, maker unknown, England, c. 1850-1870

Physical Description

Bracelet made from 3 intertwined ropes of plaited brown hair. Two ropes are dark brown, one is plaited in open work style weave and the other in closed style weave. The third rope is pale brown in close style weave. The rope rings are held together with a hexagon shaped wide gilt metal ring, three panels of which are decorated in relief with intricate floriate motifs. Attached to the ring of each bracelet is a gilt metal oval pendant decorated in relief with intricate floriate motifs and applied with a horseshoe in relief on one side with a locket of hair held together with fine gilt thread enclosed on the other.

Dimensions

Height

24 mm

Width

120 mm

Depth

110 mm

Production

Made

England 1850-1870

Notes

Jewellery constructed of plaited human hair formed a significant part of the 'mourning industry' in Victorian England and became particularly fashionable in the middle of the 19th century. These bracelets were probably made in England.

History

Notes

These bracelets were probably worn in Australia. English mourning jewellery was often worn in Australia with some Australian jewellers producing mourning jewellery locally, copying the designs of English examples.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Mourning bracelet 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 11 August 2020, <https://ma.as/151103>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/151103 |title=Mourning bracelet |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=11 August 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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