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   Whether fashioned by a home crafter or professionally by a hair weaver or a jewelry maker, hair jewelry was the height of the romanticism and sentiment that characterized the Victorian era. Some pieces were done as mourning pieces or "momento mori" ("remember you must die"). 

   While some may find this morbid, for the Victorians death was a common and accepted part of everyday life especially due to the higher infant mortality rate of the time and the devastation of the Civil War.

   Hair jewelry was not always mourning jewelry, however, as it was also crafted as love tokens from sweethearts, family members and cherished friends.  Rings might be engraved with loving messages and memorials either on the face or inside the band, and might also have hidden compartments for the hair.

   Brooches came in all sizes from the daintiest lace pin, worn by both men and women, to a larger 3" oval meant to be worn at the neck. Watch chains and bracelets often show the most ingenious hair weaving techniques with more than one color of hair often used, as perhaps a chain given by three daughters to their father.

 

   VICTORIAN gold and enameled brooch with plaited thick blonde hair under glass with extended pin stem, "In Memory Of" encircling frame, and engraved on back, 1-1/2" by 2": 
Ms Buchannan, died 12th Nov 1843
John Wilson died 4th June 1843
Seen in Christie Romero's "Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 35 and in Becker's "Antique & Twentieth Century Jewelry" on page 106.   It also was featured in Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting Magazine, August 2003.  View   View   View   View  #V9521

  GEORGIAN/early VICTORIAN rare pinchbeck and woven hair bracelet with a faceted purple paste stone in a cannetille work clasp. Four colors of plaited hair made up this bracelet, which makes me wonder if it might have been made by four daughters for their mother. It is 7" long and 1-1/4" wide.  It was featured in Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting Magazine, August 2003. Similar Victorian hair jewelry bracelet designs can be seen in A. Bernard & Co. Catalogue 1870.     View   View   View   View   View   View   #V1957

   VICTORIAN palette work hair flower bouquet set into a gold with black enameling lover's knot brooch, 2".   View   View   View   #V29441    

 

VICTORIAN hair jewelry, a 14-15 karat yellow gold framed bracelet of fifteen hollow tubular links, each a beautifully woven memento with varying tones of hair, and each link inscribed with the source monogram, 6 3/4" x 1 1/2". This is probably the loveliest token of friendship I have ever seen, and one of the most unusual. Similar to one shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 285.    View   View    View   View   View   #V32065

GEORGIAN/EARLY VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold earrings, each a foil-backed closed collet set dark citrines suspending an acorn-shaped hair pendant on early hinged ear wire findings, 1-1/2". This pattern is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 121.  #V32067

VICTORIAN brooch with two-toned plaited locks of hair interwoven within seed pearl and onyx surround and safety chain, 1-1/8".  View   #V32066

 

GEORGIAN/VICTORIAN 15 carat yellow gold hair bracelet with tiny seed pearls and curl over plaited gray-blonde hair, blue enamel, engraved on the back "John Burdon, b. Octr 14th 1811, d. Novr 12th 1893", 6-1/3" around the inside with the front navette shape 1-7/8" by 1". Rev. John Burdon was a son of Rowland Burdon and lived at Castle Eden Dene in northern England. The navette shape and style of this bracelet is very typically Georgian (See  Dawes & Collings "Georgian Jewellery, 1714-1830" pages 145 & 160 for examples) but the later date engraved is Victorian. The box shown with it is good for display but it will not close with the bracelet inside as it is not deep enough.   View   View   View   View   View   View   View   #V33003 VICTORIAN Etruscan Revival 15 carat yellow gold, Persian turquoise and seed pearls brooch and earrings with twisted wire work, foxtails and plaited hair back compartment all in original box, brooch 3" by 1-3/4", earrings 2-1/4" total length.   View   View   View   View   View   View   #V33029 VICTORIAN 14 karat yellow gold bracelet with tiny star design on four-strand band with oval center double-sided finely woven hair or photo compartments, circa 1880. Hand engraved flowers and leaves decorate each side of the center oval and the oval itself as well as the catch, delicately and beautifully done. This is an unusually long 8" length and 5/8" band with 1-3/4" by 1-1/2" center.   View   View   View   #V32800 

 

GEORGIAN  14 karat gold hair ring on blue enamel with seed pearls and hair bows under glass, engraved "WC ob 5 Sept 1790 at 74", with original box,  It is set above blue foil or blue enamel, even under magnification it is hard to tell which. Fabulous detail and design in this 220-year-old ring. The size is 7-3/4 and it is 1-1/4" along the finger. It came to me in it's own little blue ring box.    View   View   View   View   #V35889 VICTORIAN snake coil bracelet with 14 karat yellow gold and garnets and a woven hair band, approximately 14" total length by 1/2" wide, snake head 2" long.  This is in amazing condition, as though it has never been worn, circa 1880. To see an original 1870 Hair Jewelry Catalogue with many examples of this work, please click HERE and a snake bracelet can be seen HERE.  View   View   #V36021 VICTORIAN 1842 ring with diamonds in a flower shape set on blue enamel in 15 carat yellow gold, hallmarked for 1842 London and marked "WE" for William Eaton and the number "8", size 9-1/2 and 1/2" along the finger.  This is Georgian in style and is dated just 5 year after the Georgian reign.  View   #V35959 

 

 

 

 VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold beautifully enameled little "Merry Christmas" sentimental locket with a banner, mistletoe and holly on the front and two palette worked hair plumes with seed pearls under glass inside, circa 1890, 1-1/4".  View   View   #V24996

 

  VICTORIAN 10 karat yellow gold hair locket with black enameled "In Memory Of" on front, "Hannah Taylor, born June 23, 1872 died July 30, 1876, Rest in Jesus" and hand-tied hair curls inside, 1-5/8" by 1-1/4".   View   View   View   #V29823 

 

 

VICTORIAN memorial locket with a seed pearl cross motif on a black enamel background on the front and a gold filled 16" chain. There are the initials "KML" on one side. Inside is a photo of a lady, a bit worn, along with a hair plume curl with seed pearls, so this could have been a mourning piece.  View   View    #V38113

VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold mourning ring with black "In Memory Of" enameling, plaited brown hair under glass front, engraved inside "Caroline Ryland, obt 11 Nov 1855, age 45", size 9.   View   View   #V29762

 

 

 

VICTORIAN 18k yellow gold and Persian turquoise knot brooch, lovely detailed design on the front and two memorial hair compartments on the back. The knot was a Victorian symbol for unending love. This fabulous brooch is 2-1/4" by 2-2/3".   View   View   View   View    #V32572

VICTORIAN yellow gold filled mourning brooch with curled hair in three shades accented with tiny seed pearls against a pale pink background, 2-1/4" by 1-7/8".  View   #V31345 

VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold knot brooch with garnets, hair compartment on back of lower dangle, 1-3/4" by 3". This is a lovely high-relief piece and a very unusual type of hair jewelry. The knot is a symbol for unending love. The top garnet has a very tight and hard-to-see crack, but the stone is secure and it is not detrimental to the overall look of the piece as it is visible only under magnification. The center dangle has a fox tail end, and the overall design is detailed, three-dimensional and elegant. See Bell's "Collecting Victorian Jewelry" page 149.   View   View   View   #V30099  

 

VICTORIAN Georgian/Victorian amethyst and gold locket back brooch or pendant with amazing tiny hair worked flowers, leaves and stems in a bouquet accented with seed pearls under a bevel glass cover, flip-up loop on the back for a chain, flip-up safety catch, 1-5/8" by 1-1/3". This comes with it's box, circa early 1800s.   View   View   View   View   #V37977

 

 

VICTORIAN Georgian hair ring with amethysts, replaced band , marked inside "10" and maker's mark "VJ" in a diamond shape, size 8-3/7/8" by 5/8"4 and the top is    . According to a 1993 Canadian appraisal, the ring is a, "10k yellow gold hand assembled ring that appears to have been an older piece of jewelry with a newer shank and base added. The top piece consists of a hand carved rectangular center piece set with braided brown hair under glass. The surrounding cap is set with a 10 prong set round shaped standard brilliant amethyst/natural quartz gauging 4.60 by 3.00 mm approximate total weight 3.00 carats. Clarity SI-1 Type II, Color medium dark strong purple, mount weight 6.10 gm." They valued the ring at that time at $800.00 Canadian.   View   View   View    #V38282 

GEORGIAN hair sepia neoclassical art mourning ring, sepia hair painting on ivory under crystal showing a woman crying into her handkerchief under a weeping willow tree and beside a tomb, engraved "Jas. Liddell, Jan.1784 Ae 42", typical Georgian navette shape surrounded by amethysts, size 8 and 1-1/4" along the finger, no marks, total weight .32. One tiny amethyst is chipped, visible only under magnification. Rings similar to this can be seen in "Sentimental Jewelry" by Ann Louise Luthi page 8-9; and in "Georgian Jewellery" by Davidov and Collins page 160.   View   View   View   View   #V34828

 

 

VICTORIAN large gold filled with black enamel basket weave brooch with two colors of hair... brownish-blonde and blondish-gray. This memorial brooch also has a pendant hook on back, 2-1/8".   View   #V29245

 

VICTORIAN 1867 memorial set, 15 ct karat yellow gold banded agate and diamonds set: pendant, brooch and earrings dated 1867. The pendant has a seed pearl in the middle, the pin has seven small rose cut diamonds, pendant and pin both engraved in mourning "In Memory of E. Johnson, Obt 24 June 1867", pendant 1-7/8" earrings 2" pin 1" , 22" chain marked "JS 375".  View   View   View   View   View   #V35498

VICTORIAN black and white enameled Classical urn motif brooch with glass covered hair compartment, circa 1840, some enamel missing, 3/4" by 1". Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 94.   View   #V31385

       

 

 

 

VICTORIAN gold and black enamel palette worked hair plumes, seed pearls and golden wire work memorial brooch with engraving on back, "Alex McDonald, obt. 23rd Dec, 1850, Agnes Sanderson, 14th Nov. 1871. Note that each side of the curled hair is a different color, one for each of the people memorialized in the engraving on the back.   View   View   View   #V31130

VICTORIAN lady wearing a lovely hair brooch with woven and braided hair.  View   #Vpho1

VICTORIAN sentimental triple knot hair brooch in yellow gold settinng, circa 1880, 1-5/8". Hair jewelry was a popular sentimental item throughout the 1800s. This is an unusual design, and may have been done by siblings in a family. A very similar brooch can be seen in this Victorian-era photograph View.   View   #V28119 

 

GEORGIAN hair pin surrounded by two rows of tiny seed pearls, braided brown hair under a beveled glass cover, circa 1810, 7/8" by 5/8". Pieces like this are called "handkerchief pins" in Romero's book "Warman's Jewelry Edition 3" on page 34 and I have also seen them called "lace pins".  View   #V35964

GEORGIAN 15 karat and glass pearl matching bracelets with hair compartment and later-added costume glass seed pearl strands, 7-1/2" length with 1/3" by 1/3" clasps. I believe these may have originally been woven hair bracelets and the glass pearls replaced the worn hair in the early 20th century, allowing the bracelets to continue to be worn.  View   View   #V35926  

GEORGIAN garnet and moss agate tiny pin circa 1810, 3/4" by 5/8". Pieces like this are called "handkerchief pins" in Romero's book "Warman's Jewelry Edition 3" on page 34 and I have also seen them called "lace pins".  View   #V35965

 

 

VICTORIAN Whitby jet with plaited hair locket, 1-1/2" by 1-1/3" locket with 1/3" loop, fittings and plaited hair inside.   View   View   #V32221

GEORGIAN early 1800's 14k yellow gold, garnet and pearl lace pin with hair enclosure, 3/4" by 5/8".   View   #V32198

VICTORIAN puffy heart padlock charm with hair enclosure, 1". A similar piece can be seen on page 36 of Bell's "Collecting Victorian Jewelry".    View   #V31587

 

VICTORIAN painted cherub portrait on porcelain with hair compartment on the back, 1-3/4" by 1-1/4". Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520) was a great, late Renaissance Italian artist. Raphael's Cherub is part of his early 1500s Sistine Chapel murals in the Vatican. Many Victorian pieces were made with this as their inspiration, including this one.   View   View   #V29914 VICTORIAN jet 1-7/8" by 1-1/2" locket with hand painted cherub on porcelain front and photo and hair compartment on back, suspended on a 20" faceted French jet (black glass) beads chain. Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520) was a great, late Renaissance Italian artist. Raphael's Cherub is part of his early 1500s Sistine Chapel murals in the Vatican. Many Victorian pieces were made with this as their inspiration, including this one.  View   View   #V29917   VICTORIAN framed early hand painted portrait on ivory in gold filled setting, circa 1840-50, with a lock of hair on the reverse, 2-5/8" by 2-1/4". He wears the period high collar, cravat and stickpin. On the back is a braided lock of hair under glass. Pieces like this were often done by limners, who created these likenesses before photography was invented. See a similar piece in Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 192.    View   #V3810  

 

       VICTORIAN hair brooch, ornate silver setting with pastes, palette work hair curls and seed pearls, 1-1/2".  This is an unusual setting for a hair piece.  View   #V27578

  VICTORIAN jet and seed pearl hair brooch with plaited blonde and brown hair under glass, 1-3/4". Seed pearls in Victorian mourning jewelry often represented tears.  View   #V29447

 GEORGIAN memorial hair ring with pearl surround and blonde hair. Size 7-1/4 and engraved, " Joseph Dixon died 16th Jan.y 1815 aged 50".  Engraving   #V15165

 

Captain John Jenkins, an early steamboat captain from New Brunswick, New Jersey, moved to Apalachicola, Florida, piloted an early steamboat and was an investor in a steamboat company. He was the husband of Arietta and father 5-year-old of John W. Jenkins, and had the pendant shown at right made in their memory. REGENCY 18k yellow gold 2-1/2" by 2" oval pendant with 5/8" loop, engraved on the back, "To The Memory of My Wife and Child, Arietta S. Jenkins obt. Nov. 25th, 1832, John W. Jenkins, Sept 3rd, 1832". Both died of yellow fever and were buried in Chestnut Street Cemetery (Old City Graveyard) in Apalachicola, Florida. It is marked on the inside back, "W.M. & C., 18".   View   View   View   View   View   View   #V29714 "Chestnut Street Cemetery (Old City Graveyard) of early Apalachicola.
Chestnut Street Cemetery dates prior to 1831. Interred are some of Apalachicola's founders and molders of ehr colorful history. Also buried here are many soldiers of the Confederacy and victims of yellow fever and shipwrecks. Seven of the Confederate veterans served with Pickett at Gettysburg in the gallant Florida Brigade."   Tombstone of Arietta S. Jenkins. Tombstone of John W. Jenkins. "Sacred to the Memory of John W. Jenkins who dies Sep. 5, 1832, aged 5 years."

 

 

VICTORIAN 14 karat yellow gold brooch with brown, blonde and red hair. The setting has lovely branches, leaves and tendrils and the hair is held in place by tiny seed pearls and golden threads interspersed with golden thread wheat stalks, symbol of prosperity and abundance, circa 1880, 2" by 2-1/4". This would have been a sentimental friendship brooch, not a memorial piece, and it has a compartment on the back as well. Total weight .82 ounces.    View   View   View   #V32449 

    CAMEO swivel brooch with hair compartment on the back, circa 1880, 2".   View   #Q28120

   VICTORIAN 18k hair brooch/pendant, oval with braided hair in two shades of blonde and brown hair, basket woven hair back, 2" wide.  View   #V18982       

 

    VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold and black enameled "In Memory Of Eliza" hair brooch, 7/8".   View   #V27614  

  GEORGIAN/VICTORIAN "In Memory Of" hair brooch with the name "Sarah" in hair compartment, 7/8". This is circa 1840, early Victorian. A brooch like this piece can be seen on page 8 in the book "In Death Lamented; the Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry" by Sarah Nehama, which was a companion volume to the Fall Exhibit at the Massachusetts Historical Society 2012.     View   #V27608      

  GEORGIAN man's lace brooch with hair insert, engraved "Susanna Bush, obt 12 Aug 1807 alt 30", an unusually early date, 1".   View   View   #V29477     

 

  

 

 

VICTORIAN large sterling silver hand made pendant with a tin type photo of a little boy on one side, and a lock of his hair tied with a blue ribbon and his baby ring on the other, frame marked "925", 3-5/8" by 2".   View   View   #V29576  VICTORIAN hair brooch, blond basket weave in forget-me-nots frame, 1-1/3".  View   #V27577  VICTORIAN lady wearing a hair brooch and a lovely dress lined with small buttons. Photo by Reuben Tremblett, Birkenhead.  View

 

   VICTORIAN gold pierced hair ring with shield front, size 9-1/4.   #V21550

 VICTORIAN 14k hair ring engraved "SB", woven hair on sides.  See Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 187.  View   #V23358   

   VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold etched design ring with woven hair inside, circa 1880, size 7-1/4. This can be seen in an 1870 A. Bernhard catalogue of Victorian Hair Jewelry. and Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 185.  View   #V15458

 

VICTORIAN hair set in pierced gold ring with etched design and initials "MPH" on the front, size 6-1/2.   View   #V31359

VICTORIAN hair double dangle earrings of table work and gold fittings, screw back fittings probably replaced the original pierced ones in the early 1920s, slight unraveling at tops of one earring, 2-1/4".   View   View   View    View   #V31360

VICTORIAN hair woven on gold cross pendant, 1-1/4" cross on 1/3" loop. See Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 124.  View   View   #V31361

 

  VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold hair purse pocketbook charm, circa 1880, 7/8". See one like this in Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 197. This is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 159. A similar design can be see in the A. Bernard & Co 1870 Catalogue on page 7 and PAGE 13.   View   #V31399

VICTORIAN hair plume palette work brooch with seed pearls and curled wire work, table work hair frame and gold fittings, circa 1870, 1-5/8" by 1-1/4". Similar brooch seen in the 1870 Edition of A Bernhard & Co. Catalogue.   View   View   #V31354

VICTORIAN black and white enameled Classical urn motif brooch with glass covered hair compartment, circa 1840, some enamel missing, 3/4" by 1". Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 94.   View   #V31385 

 

 VICTORIAN hair bracelet in an open weave with gold stations and clasp, beautifully made, two hair portions unraveling on back, circa 1870, 7-1/4" by 3/4". This bracelet can be seen on page 28 of the A. Bernhard & Co 1870 catalogue of hair jewelry. Similar to one shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 285.   View   View   View   Catalogue Page    #V31353 

VICTORIAN hair bow pin with acorn drops with the :knot" of the bow of gold tone inscribed with the name "Lizzie", some unraveling at bottoms of acorns. This is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 144.   View   View   View   View      #V31362

VICTORIAN braided hair watch chain with gold fittings, unraveling about 2" on one side, 10-1/3".   View   View   View   #V31355

 

 VICTORIAN hair large hoop earrings, gold filled fittings, 1-7/8" long and 1-5/8" wide. Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 141. These earrings are shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 160.  #V31386

VICTORIAN hair brooch with cross pendant and gold filled fittings. This is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 145.   

VICTORIAN hair earrings with open weave table work and gold fittings.

 

VICTORIAN hair pin with orange cabochons center stone framed with plaited hair and set in gold, monogrammed "MBF", a small but extremely unusual piece, 1".   View   View   #V31356

VICTORIAN hair bow bracelet of "plain open braid" weave table work with engraved initials "AVP" on clasp, delicate at point where it joins the center fitting. This pattern is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 110.   View   View   View   #V31357

VICTORIAN table worked hair in two tones with gold tone leaves and berries dangle pierced earrings, kidney wire findings, circa 1870, 1-1/4". These earrings are shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 160.    View   View   #V31358

 

 

VICTORIAN woven hair pendant set in 14 karat yellow gold with a glass cover, engraved on one side "Adele ob 16 Jan, 1835, age 6 years 3 months", a memorial for a child, total length 1-7/8" by 1-1/3" wide, tests 14k.   View   View   #V37549

VICTORIAN basket woven human hair brooch with beveled glass cover, setting tests as 10 karat yellow gold, 1-1/4" by 1". I have tested this a few times, and while I would not think it is karat gold, it tests as 10k. I am pricing it as gold tone, so no matter either way.    View   #V37548
 

 
 

 

VICTORIAN hair brooch with table worked open frame and palette worked woven hair center set in yellow gold filled, 1-1/8". This is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 159.    View   #V31468

 VICTORIAN hair bracelet with etched design locket front, 6-5/8" by 7/8".   View   View   View   #V31408

VICTORIAN hair and wire work flowers with artificial pearls.   View   View   

 

A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870
PAGE 9 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches in fancy designs, including florals and initials.

VICTORIAN blond hair bow brooch of open table work with drops, 2" by 1-3/4". This brooch, sadly, has major damage, but I am sure it was treasured and worn by someone many years ago.  This is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 144.   View   View   View   #V31395

A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870
 PAGE 16 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets and brooches.

 

VICTORIAN woven human hair vest watch chain showing two styles of weaving, with yellow gold tone findings including a locket fob (as is with finish wear) and slide engraved with the initials "H.D.J" on one side, circa 1870s, total length 10", hair braiding in excellent condition. To see an original 1870 Hair Jewelry Catalogue with many examples of this work, please click HEREView   View   #V37536

VICTORIAN woven human hair upper arm bracelet, tube woven with lovely yellow gold findings with a roses and scrolls design, hair braiding in excellent condition, wearable length 10-3/4" by about 7/8" wide. Each tube is woven in a hollow tube and then loosely braided like pig tails in young girls hair, and the entire bracelet is in excellent condition. There are a total of 6 tubes.  To see an 1870 Hair Jewelry Catalogue with many examples of this work, please click HERE.    View   View   View   View    #V37535

  VICTORIAN woven human hair necklace with gold tone stations and findings woven hair work in excellent condition, total length 22", long for this type of necklace, circa 1870s. To see an 1870 Hair Jewelry Catalogue with many examples of this work, please click HERE.   View   #V37537

 

 VICTORIAN rolled gold blonde woven hair brooch, 1-1/2" by 1-1/3".  View   #V29756 VICTORIAN rolled gold blond hair brooch engraved on the back "In Memory of E. Bishton', 2" by 1-3/4".   View   View   #V29755  GEORGIAN garnets set in 10k yellow gold hair brooch, 1", one garnet replaced with rhinestone.   View   View   #V29759

 

      VICTORIAN hair set in etched and enameled gold pierced earrings with three pendants, kidney wire findings, 1-3/4" top to bottom. Earrings like these, circa 1870, can be seen on page 45 of Romero's Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3. Similar earrings are on page 143 of Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry".   View   #V27335 

  VICTORIAN hair brooch, basket weave hair enclosed in golden glass covered compartment with Greek key motif around the edge, 1-3/4".   View   #V27353

       VICTORIAN brown hollow acorn braid woven hair acorn earrings, 1-1/8". Earrings like these, circa 1870, can be seen on page 45 of Romero's Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3. This pattern is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 121.   View   #V27607

 

SF Myers & Co. Catalogue 1893
Solid silver bar pins. Solid gold, real onyx bar pins.
Solid gold box pins for hair or photographs.
Mammoth Wholesale Jewelers Catalogue, 1894
Box and glass brooches for one and two pictures including revolving brooches.
VICTORIAN child's hair bracelet with heart charm, and rare for this type of bracelet, the hair work is in mint condition.      View   View   #V34265

 

 
   LADY wearing gold earrings and a woven hair necklace with a photograph pendant. Carte de viste marked "Robertson & Brooks, Franklin, KY." VICTORIAN 1-3/4 inch hair and photo memorial swivel brooch. Now this is the original odd couple!  The back compartment contains very blond hair.   VIEW    #V18650   VICTORIAN lady wearing a memorial hair brooch at her collar. Marked on the back "Elliott & Fry, 55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London W.".  View   View   View 

 

    VICTORIAN  hair brooch with loop for pendant,  "In Memory Of" in gold tone around the edge on black enameled 1-1/2" x 2".   View   #V21552

   VICTORIAN hair brooch with black enamel sentimentally engraved "In Memory of Wee Jeanie", 1-5/16".   View   #V17492

   VICTORIAN hair brooch with "In Memory Of" in gold tone around the edge on black enameled 1-1/2" x 2".  View   #V17215

 

 
  VICTORIAN  "In Memory Of" gold and black enamel mourning pin with hair, 1-1/4".   View   #V27244   VICTORIAN blonde plaited hair brooch set in black enameled gold filled frame, engraved on back "L.E. 8 Feb1870", 1-1/2".   View   View   #V27789     VICTORIAN hair brooch, blond lock of hair in etched gold and black enameled frame, 1-1/2".   View   #V27576   

 

     VICTORIAN hair brooch, black enameled frame with scrolled design, 2".    View   #V27574

VICTORIAN 10k yellow gold and black enamel with seed pearls forget-me-not front, hair compartment back, gray-blond hair, engraved "John Sweeting died 24 March 1845 aged 85".   View   #V27605      

   VICTORIAN basket weave hair brooch, black enameled frame "In Memory Of" scrolled design, dents on back, 2".   View    #V27575

 

 
  VICTORIAN large hair memorial brooch with pendant hook on back, 2-1/8".   View   #V29245   VICTORIAN hair brooch, basket weave in glass covered compartment, scalloped design, back indented, 1-1/2".   View   #V27354       VICTORIAN hair brooch engraved "In Memory of Elizabeth Kind, Obt 17th Nov 1844 at 67", 1-5/8". View  View  #V25997

 

VICTORIAN 14k woven brown hair earrings in a lovely looped design, one with slight unraveling which the magnified picture exaggerates, each 2" total length with wires for pierced ears, circa 1870.  View  View  #V36392  VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold and chalcedony ( a kind of white quartz) small Persian turquoise cabochons brooch with forget-me-not motif in an aqua enameled, 2". Circa 1840-50.  Seen in "Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 41.  It also was featured in Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting Magazine, August 2003.   View    #V14952 VICTORIAN hair double dangle earrings of table work and gold fittings, screw back fittings probably replaced the original pierced ones in the early 1920s, slight unraveling at tops of one earring, 2-1/4".   View   View   View    View   #V31360

 

   VICTORIAN chalcedony hair brooch with two colors of hair, 1-5/8".   View   #V27336  

VICTORIAN hair brooch, glass covered hair compartment set in chalcedony, 1-3/4".    View    #V27355 

VICTORIAN chalcedony brooch with plaited hair in compartment, 1-3/4".   View   #V29258

 

 VICTORIAN braided hair bracelet, engraved inside "CLVR", 6" by 1/2". View #V25845

 GEORGIAN hair 1/2" pendant engraved on the back "Benj'n Hawkins, b. 19th Jan 18__, AE {age} '59", framed with seed pearls which are symbolic of tears, on a newer 20" chain marked "585". This was probably once a ring or a lace pin.   View   #V27361  

  VICTORIAN HAIR RING   14k with seed pearls surrounding woven hair under a crystal, size 4, circa 1880.  View    View    View   #V17771

 

 VICTORIAN IMO memorial  or mourning brooch with hair enclosure and the words "In Memory Of" in gold on the black enamel front. There is a loop on the back so it can be worn with a safety chain, 2-1/4" by 2" .  View   #V37290

VICTORIAN gold filled memorial or mourning hair pendant with black enameled edge, a 3/4" pendant on a newer 17-1/2" chain.  View   View   #V15460

VICTORIAN 9 carat yellow gold mourning In Memory Of stickpin with tiny braid of hair inside and black enameled lettering, partially legible initials and date lightly scratched on the back say, "CSM ECS ae_9, __ 4", 2-1/4" long and in it's original box.  View   View   View   #V36633

 

     VICTORIAN swivel brooch, lady wearing locket photo on front and woven hair on back, 2-1/4".   View   #V27783

   VICTORIAN gold filled brooch with hair compartment on back, 1".   View   #V28857 

  VICTORIAN hair brooch, carved and pierced bone deer insert, hair compartment on back, engraved hoops frame, carving shows some breaks, 2-1/8". This type of carving was done in Erbach, Germany. See Bell's "Collecting Victorian Jewelry" page 21.    View   #V27360

 

VICTORIAN hair locket brooch with etched flowers and embossed scrolls, engraved on back "FHN".   View   View   #V27368 

   VICTORIAN hair brooch, black enameled frame "In Memory Of", engraved on the reverse, "FR obt Nov 13, 1856".   View   #V27579 

   VICTORIAN locket brooch with scrolled edging, engraved castle front, 1-5/8".   View   #V27580   

 

        VICTORIAN locket with hair compartment inside.  View   #V18646

     VICTORIAN yellow gold oval swivel brooch with substantial setting, 2-1/2".   View   #V28804   

  VICTORIAN jet brooch with hair compartment, etched design, 1".   #V27603  

 

       VICTORIAN sentimental woven hair watch chain in the twist chain braid design, 14". These were often done by a lady for the men in her family.  This pattern is shown in the reprint of "The Art of Hair Work, 1875" by Mark Campbell, page 38.   View   #V16355    VICTORIAN French jet (black glass) bow brooch with an embossed gold tone hair compartment, circa 1890, 1-1/3" wide.   View   #V28783    VICTORIAN black glass oval 2-1/8" pendant with hand painted white flowers and a hair compartment on reverse.  View   #V24441 

 

      VICTORIAN hair locket pin with seed pearls, hinged on back, 1-1/3".   View   #V27778    VICTORIAN gold filled closed pocket watch style locket pendant with daguerreotype of a lovely lady and a curl of blonde hair inside.   View   #V29592    VICTORIAN oval locket with blond curl, 1-1/2".   View   #V27779  

 

   VICTORIAN 375 (9 ct) hair 14" watch chain with fob engraved with initials and marked "WA .375".  View   #V21554

    VICTORIAN  gold filled hair 3/4" pendant on 17-1/2" chain.    #V15460

 VICTORIAN octagonal hair pendant on chain, redone from a brooch long ago.   View   #V15461

 

  
   VICTORIAN woven brunette hair sweetheart or memorial watch chain with dog's head fob.  View   View   View  #V29605     VICTORIAN rolled gold sweetheart photo pendant with girl photo on one side and lock of hair on the other, 1-1/4" on a 22" chain.  View   #V29599 VICTORIAN hair watch fob with crystal barrel, total length 6-1/3" by 7/8". View   View   #V4399 

 

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Small pins like the ones below are often referred to as "lace pins". They were worn not only by women, using them to fasten lace around the collar, but also by men of the Regency/Georgian era... those who wore velvet jackets, lace-trimmed shirts with ruffles, make-up, wigs and high heels. Examples of this style of dress can be seen HERE.
 

 

     GEORGIAN hair brooch, tiny rectangular with black faceted stone frame, curved shape, 1".   View   #V27357

   GEORGIAN dainty blonde hair brooch with seed pearls, 3/4". View #V25998  

   GEORGIAN handkerchief pin with plaited brunette hair, gold frame, 1".   #V27585 

 

    VICTORIAN hair brooch,  engraved on back "R.M., Mother", oval 7/8".   View   #V27359

  VICTORIAN hair brooch, tiny two-sided glass covered compartments, snake frame, 1". In Victorian times, the snake was the symbol of eternal love.   View   #V27356

  VICTORIAN hair brooch, oval with glass hair compartment, tiny 1".    View   #V27358 

 

  

VICTORIAN 14k enameled hair brooch engraved  "HRK", 1-1/8".   View   #V18608

   VICTORIAN  hair brooch 1-7/8".  View   #V16359


VICTORIAN  tiny hair brooch, 3/4" oval engraved on the back "MG".  View   #V17217

 

        VICTORIAN gold rectangular brooch with blond hair compartment, 1".   View   #V27606

    VICTORIAN rectangular entwined hair brooch with double etched gold frame, engraved on reverse "Solomon Howe Ae 53, died July 29th 1830; Sarah Howe Ae 48 died Sept 2 1837. View #V27613

      VICTORIAN hair brooch with black enamel frame, engraved on reverse "Walter Carley died 14 Feb 1886 aged 13 months", 1-1/8".   View   #V27609

 

  Georgian era Cemetery in Otley, England  

 

 

REFERENCES:

A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

Mourning Art & Jewelry by Maureen Delorme

 In Death Lamented; the Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry  by Sarah Nehama,
a companion volume to the Fall Exhibit at the Massachusetts Historical Society 2012
(NOTE: This book has a photographic demonstration of how a Georgian enameled band ring would have been made.)

Art of Mourning

Morbid Outlook: Fashion History

Collectors Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry by Jeanenne Bell

 

 

 

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GEORGIAN 9k, pearl & hair mourning ring 1802
GEORGIAN 9k, pearl & hair mourning ring 1802
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VICTORIAN snake coil bracelet 14 karat gold, garnets, woven hair
VICTORIAN snake coil bracelet 14 karat gold, garnets, woven hair
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VICTORIAN gold tone locket buckle motif, 1890
VICTORIAN gold tone locket buckle motif, 1890
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VICTORIAN woven human hair necklace 1870s
VICTORIAN woven human hair necklace 1870s
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VICTORIAN woven human hair upper arm bracelet 1870s
VICTORIAN woven human hair upper arm bracelet 1870s
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GEORGIAN 14k woven human hair ring seed pearls, box
GEORGIAN 14k woven human hair ring seed pearls, box
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VICTORIAN 9k mourning In Memory Of stickpin
VICTORIAN 9k mourning In Memory Of stickpin
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VICTORIAN gold filled mourning hair pendant
VICTORIAN gold filled mourning hair pendant
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VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry bar brooch
VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry bar brooch
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VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch Prince of Wales plumes
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VICTORIAN 9 carat and woven hair ring with the initials PM
VICTORIAN 9 carat and woven hair ring with the initials PM
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