Victorian hairwork bracelet with gold-filled findings is as sweet and simple as a braided cord of brown silk, but with the beauty of deep sentiment woven in. It closes with a pin and barrel clasp.
Hairwork jewelry, which was worn or given as a token of love and friendship as well as an expression of mourning, became even more popular in the mid-nineteenth century as a striking contrast to the machine-made wares of the Industrial Age. Martha Gandy Fales reports in "Jewelry in America: 1600-1900" that Providence jewelers began to manufacture spirally twisted chain in the 1870s; I believe that the bracelet being offered here dates from that time and rivals the new, mass-produced fashion with humbly hand-woven human hair.
The bracelet measures 8" long and is very good condition, with wear to the finish of the findings.
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