Victorian upper arm bracelet comprised of six woven hair tubular bands, three tightly woven and three in a loose weave, joined with an ornate gilt clasp, stamped 4kt. The bracelet weighs 15 grams and is 11 inches long and 1 inch wide.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, hairwork jewelry, that is, jewelry incorporating a person's hair, was popular. Hairwork was sentimental, allowing the recipient of the piece to remember a loved one, alive or dead. Hair was used in two ways. It might be incorporated into a piece of jewelry, as in a lock of hair placed under a glazed compartment in a ring, brooch or pendant either in the front or the back of the piece, or it might be turned into the jewelry item itself as a watch chain or a braided earrings, or, as is the case here, turned into a bracelet. There were two main techniques used for hair jewelry - palette working and table working. Table-worked hair involved braiding hair into different woven patterns and shapes.
Hairwork became less popular as the 19th century progressed and by the 1880s its production was declining, finally ceasing in the 1920s. One reason for its decline was that hairwork jewelry had become more commercial and was no longer only using the hair of a known individual. It began to be sold as jewelry in its own right and so there was demand for human hair in large quantities. In 'Little Women', set in the mid 1860s, Jo March sells her hair for $25.00.
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Victorian plaited woven hair upper arm bracelet, gilt clasp
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