This item is a lovely VICTORIAN HAIR ART MOMENTO. These were common during the Victorian/Napolean III period. They are fashioned out of hair and while they often were memorials to deceased persons, many were done as a form of folk art and were momentos. For example, the hair removed during a young child's first haircut would be used for one. It was common that in the absence of scarce photographs, children would swap and mount strands of hair in scrapbooks. This one is in excellent condition and features a small bouquet in the center surrounded by a wreath of hair. It is marked "Josephine". The oval frame measures 10" by 8 1/2". The ebony frame is in excellent condition and features a gilded inner ring and a convex glass cover. The interior art work is mounted on glass as well.
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