Shadow box from Antebellum Springfield, IL
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Shadow box containing human hair wreath. Hair is braided and made into three branch wreath w/bows and flowers and cones. Frame has flowers applied at compass points, molded using paper ache in part. Box measure: L 19 1/2" x W 16 1/2". Hair wreaths were common keepsakes of loved ones, living or deceased. They declined with the increasing popularity and affordability of daguerrotypes, and later, photographs. It was a mark of a well-bred lady to be able to weave hair into flowers. 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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