Necklace, Antebellum jewelry
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Locket containing human hair. Oval locket, surrounded by two strands of twisted thick wire. Front side of locket contains four plumes of hair; back side contains three plumes, all under glass. Broken-braided human hair chain with clasp on top. L 1 5/8" x W 1 3/8". An example of the use of human hair as a keepsake in Antebellum jewelry. It was considered the mark of a well-bred lady for her to be able to weave or crochet hair into something pretty and/or useful. 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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