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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with pearls and green glass pastes, enclosing plaited hair

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Isobel Baynes

  • Museum number:

    M.59-1950

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D5, box 4

Hair had long been important in sentimental jewellery, but during the 18th century it took on a new prominence. It could now form the centrepiece of a jewel, arranged in complicated motifs or as plain, woven sections. Tiny fragments of hair could even be incorporated into delicate paintings. Some designs were made by professionals, but many women chose to work the hair of loved ones themselves, using gum to secure their creations.

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 with an openwork bow, set with half pearls and green glass pastes, enclosing plaited hair. On the reverse a painted coronet above the monogram FE. or EE.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1775-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with pearls and green glass pastes, enclosing plaited hair

Marks and inscriptions

'FE' or EE
monogram

Dimensions

Height: 2.6 cm, Width: 1.4 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Descriptive line

Gold locket with an openwork bow, set with pearls and green glass pastes, enclosing plaited hair. On the reverse a painted coronet above the monogram FE, England, 1775-1800

Materials

Gold; Pearl; Glass paste; Hair

Subjects depicted

Bow (ribbon); Monograms; Coronets (crowns)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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