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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with seed pearls, ivory and hair

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D6, box 5

Hair jewels were worn to cherish the living as well as to remember the dead. The survival of many pieces celebrating love and friendship indicate their great social importance.

Physical description

Gold locket set with seed pearls and enclosing a painted hunman eye on ivory. The back is set with hair and pearls.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold set with seed pearls, ivory and hair


Height: 2.9 cm, Width: 2.6 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

Part of a group of memorial and mourning jewels bought from Dr Marco Guastalla, acting on behalf of 'an English lady residing in Italy' (museum numbers 846-1888 to 989-1888)

Descriptive line

Gold locket set with pearls and enclosing an eye painted on ivory. The back is set with hair and pearls, England, ca.1800


Gold; Human hair; Pearl; Ivory

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Death


Metalwork Collection

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