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Mourning Jewelry: MJ127

ORB OF GOLD ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Hair Bracelet ): I have only owned in my personal collection or sold very few bracelets made of hair. The reason is clear – hair bracelets do not wear well. Most were not covered or shielded. The open ones become easily snagged and damaged when worn. The ones – like this lovely example of an Antique Table-worked Hair Bracelet (c. 1850-80) – that have survived in good condition have most likely been kept in a case for display, though you can actually wear it on special occassions. The table-worked process – as described and displayed in my copy of the “Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry” by Jeanenne Bell – is incredibly complex. Multiple bobbins hang from a round table with a hole in the middle. One little error in which bobbin goes next and the value plunges. My husband usually finds invisible defects in my jewelry when he photographs them. Not so for this bracelet made of four hollow tubes of hair plaited together. Each end is contained in a hexagonal rose gold fixing leading to a tongue-in-groove tubular clasp with a large dangling Golden Orb at one end marked with a “10” on its ring (probably 10KT). This bracelet is a rare trophy for a collector. Don't pass it by!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 7” long, 1/2” wide, 3/8” deep. Golden orb 1/2” in diameter.


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