Stickpin, Antebellum jewelry
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Single stone stickpin; setting has four molded roses and thistles on outer edge, rope around stone is braid of human hair, set under glass. Long sticker/ pin is twisted in middle. L 3" x W 5/8". An example of Antebellum keepsake hair jewelry, common before the widespread availability of affordable, durable photographic prints. It was considered the mark of a well-bred lady who could weave or crochet hair into something useful and/or pretty. American Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities 16 History
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
|Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865|
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