This one is quite remarkable, isn't it! Civil War reenactors will want to take notice of this one. The 3-strand braid that comprises the bracelet are each hollow round weaves of hair, and have stretch-give to them so that it will fit a small or a larger wrist. I think very safely up to 7.5" but perhaps could do a little larger. Bracelets from the Victorian era are so often no larger than 6.5", and usually even smaller, and I'm sure this was likely made for a small-waisted mourner, too, but the way it is made is perfect for the expansion. Each of those hollow round weavings are about 3/8" in diameter at rest, so this is also a quite substantial bracelet. There is no clasp, as it is stretched to fit over the hand. I've worn it and my wrist is 7". The fun thing, too, is that it has a locket drop with a late Victorian photo still within on the one side, and there is also a glass-covered compartment that is without filler on the other side. One can replace the old photo easily, and also insert a memento under the glass-covered part, such as a lock of hair of your own mourned loved one if you wish. While it hasn't any of the typical iconography of mourning, there is the possibility of this being a gift of a young woman's shorn long locks as she entered a convent. Or a less likely, but possible gift of a bride's locks and locket with her photo at the occasion of her marriage. We can't know for certain. These were mementos of love. That we know. The box does not go with the bracelet, sorry. My display box only.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The hair work is tight, still, and hasn't breaks to contend with. Still tightly held at the gold band from which hangs the locket. The locket looks like gold, but it is not, unless it is lower than 9k. I suspect it is pinchbeck, that great Victorian mimic for gold. But helps in that even though it's rare and lovely, it's not nearly so pricey. Photos show it well. Isn't it superb!
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RARE Antique Victorian Mourning Bracelet, Woven Hair with Double Locket, VGC
$372 $495 SALE