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Consider this circa 1850s hair bracelet containing the daguerreotype of a woman. Is this a mourning piece or a gift? In my opinion, this is a mourning piece. Bracelets of this type, made from a woman’s hair, were typically made as gifts from a young woman to her fiancé or husband as in the Westervelt bracelet discussed earlier. The age of the woman is well past that of a woman who would give such a gift to a man or anyone else. A bracelet such as this is far beyond a friendship token like a small lock of hair. It is more likely the image of a deceased woman that is housed in a bracelet made from hair that was removed after she died. The truth, however, has been lost to time.

Consider this circa 1850s hair bracelet containing the daguerreotype of a woman. Is this a mourning piece or a gift? In my opinion, this is a mourning piece. Bracelets of this type, made from a woman’s hair, were typically made as gifts from a young woman to her fiancé or husband as in the Westervelt bracelet discussed earlier. The age of the woman is well past that of a woman who would give such a gift to a man or anyone else. A bracelet such as this is far beyond a friendship token like a small lock of hair. It is more likely the image of a deceased woman that is housed in a bracelet made from hair that was removed after she died. The truth, however, has been lost to time.

Consider this circa 1850s hair bracelet containing the daguerreotype of a woman. Is this a mourning piece or a gift? In my opinion, this is a mourning piece. Bracelets of this type, made from a woman’s hair, were typically made as gifts from a young woman to her fiancé or husband as in the Westervelt bracelet discussed earlier. The age of the woman is well past that of a woman who would give such a gift to a man or anyone else. A bracelet such as this is far beyond a friendship token like a small lock of hair. It is more likely the image of a deceased woman that is housed in a bracelet made from hair that was removed after she died. The truth, however, has been lost to time.

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