This is such a beautiful little watch fob or charm. I love the enamel forget me not in the middle of the hair of the beloved, so beautifully worked in 9 carat (not marked but tested) gold. The reverse has lovely , blond hair, hair under the bezel, and the locket holding the hair is surrounded by tiny seed pearls, most likely representing tears. Because of that fact, I am labeling this piece a mourning piece, though it could just be a sentimental token exchanged between two loved ones. This piece is circa 1850 and it is special to me because it was in the collection of Ann Louise Luthi, author of the Shire book, Sentimental Jewelry. I was privileged to be able to view her amazing collection of hair jewelry at her home in London. She knew I really loved it, so she invited me to go with her to the British Museum Student Room. She was helping them to catalogue some of their pieces, and she had left her collection to them in her will. What an honor that was. I was asked what I wanted to see, and I said "posey rings." Then I was handed the little red leather case full of Sir John Evans collection of these precious rings, along with the accompanying sentiments in his handwriting. I will never ever forget that experience or Ann Louise. Sadly she passed away a few months ago, and most of her collection went to the British Museum, but a few pieces were left out, and her son offered them for sale to a dealer friend of mine and Ann Louise. She was a lovely lady, and she will be sorely missed.
Hair Watch fob/charm
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