Earrings, Antebellum jewelry
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Metal and human hair pierced-ear loop earrings. Broad gold or brass hoop back with bands holding thick human hair braid; circle of metal at top, one part of which goes through the ear. L 1 3/8" x W 1 1/8". An example of the creativity and practical uses of keepsake hair in Antebellum jewelry. It was considered a mark of a well-bred lady if she could 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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