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This hair bracelet, circa 1850s, contains the image of Captain Jacob J. Westervelt. The hair is from Jacob’s fiancé, Rachel Ann Voorhis whose initials “R.A.V.” are engraved on the hinged opening. It was common for young women to present their betrothed with bracelets, watch fobs or chains made of their own hair and elaborate gold fittings that bore their engraved initials. The hair is in perfect condition; if protected, human hair does not easily decay – you could say, hair yesterday, still here today.

This hair bracelet, circa 1850s, contains the image of Captain Jacob J. Westervelt. The hair is from Jacob’s fiancé, Rachel Ann Voorhis whose initials “R.A.V.” are engraved on the hinged opening. It was common for young women to present their betrothed with bracelets, watch fobs or chains made of their own hair and elaborate gold fittings that bore their engraved initials. The hair is in perfect condition; if protected, human hair does not easily decay – you could say, hair yesterday, still here today.

This hair bracelet, circa 1850s, contains the image of Captain Jacob J. Westervelt. The hair is from Jacob’s fiancé, Rachel Ann Voorhis whose initials “R.A.V.” are engraved on the hinged opening. It was common for young women to present their betrothed with bracelets, watch fobs or chains made of their own hair and elaborate gold fittings that bore their engraved initials. The hair is in perfect condition; if protected, human hair does not easily decay – you could say, hair yesterday, still here today.

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