Shadow box, Antebellum keepsake
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Deep oval shadow box, containing flower arrangement made from human hair. Rectangular box is set into oval frame, with small gilt band with carving and high-molded ridge in center. Frame and outside of box painted black, back unfinished, inside of box lined with yellow material. Part of the flower arrangement is crocheted, and the rest is plain hair. L 15" x H 4" x W 13". An example of human hair art, common during the Antebellum/Victorian era. It was the mark of a well-bred lady to be able to weave or crochet hair into something pretty 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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