Boxed Victorian Pair of Hair Bracelets
Most people wrongly conclude that the nature of all hair jewelry was that of loss and mourning. Actually many pieces were purely sentimental in character. In one form or another, hair has been considered to be quite sensuous. Love tokens, gifts of affection and friendship as well as items indicating familial affiliation often included plums of hair or made with hair have been known since the 17th century. Everything from a watch chain to a fichu brooch could contain or be made of hair.
This exceptional pair of bracelets of gold and woven hair is in near mint condition. Wide in breadth, bands of tightly woven and plaited hair predominately brown in color are capped on each end with finials of 15k yellow gold embellished with hand engraved intricate floral patterns, scrolls and swirling eddies of design. The end caps are joined to a tongue and groove clasp with “O” fittings of gold.
One of the bracelets is engraved to the reverse on the end cap with "Florence” and to the reverse of the clasp with "A M Dec. 5th, 1871". The other is incised with “Amy” and the same date of Dec. 5th, 1871. If we take a moment of pause, this pair of truly sentimental bracelets was most likely created for twin girls in celebration of their shared birthday.
The bracelets are accompanied by a pair of original boxes of issue of brown leather with interior of cream silk and aqua colored velvet. The silk is stamped in gold with the following: Pickett Goldsmith, 265 Oxford Street (London).
Measurements: Will fit a wrist of 6 inches up to about 7-1/2 inches or a bit more.
Condition: Near Mint and appear never to have been worn or worn very little. Boxes have light overall wear and scuffing with aqua velvet interior slightly soiled.
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