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Hair Jewelry collection

Identifier: C-138


  • Majority of material found within 1840 - 1900

Biographical / Historical

Made popular in Europe during the Victorian Era, hair jewelry and commemorative mourning accessories, range from homemade creations to fine pieces with precious metal and stones. Hair from deceased loved ones would be boiled, braided or woven at a special round table with weighted bobbins and forms, then boiled a second time to hold its shape. In the United States, hair jewelry grew in popularity during the Civil War, and from the 1850s to the 1900s, hairwork became a drawing room pastime.


1 Box (10 plastic archival boxes) ; 12" x 9" x 3"

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States