Victorian Watch Fob is made from human hair; it features several weave patterns as can be seen in the photos; it is highlighted by a locket in the center. The locket is embellished with etching and three small stones that may be turquoise and opal.
Hair jewelry was the height of fashion during the Victorian era and were made either professionally by hair weavers or by home crafters. This one appears to be done professionally due to the various patterns and the overall condition which is excellent given the age of this (100+ years). There is just one small area where a few hairs are showing (see photo).
Hair jewelry was made either as mourning jewelry or as tokens of affection for a loved one. The most ornate pieces were usually bracelets and watch fobs as there was ample opportunity to create various weaves and patterns; sometimes more than one color of hair was used, for example a fob made for a father with hair from his children.
This is a nice size, measuring 13 inches in length. Unsigned/unmarked.
If you collect Victorian jewelry, this piece is a classic!
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