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 exquisite feather decoration embellished with tiny pearls in several places. 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. The square frame measures 6 3/4" by 5 3/4"W. There is an original label on the back that credits the piece to a "H. C. TULLENERS from LEEUWARDEN" which is in Holland. The back of the frame has been opened and refastened for some reason. It does not affect the front of the piece and has been firmly refastened. This appears as old damage.
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