Sunday, 1 February 2015


Before the invention of photography, Hair Jewellery was the most practical means to commemorate a loved one by keeping a part of them to wear close to the body.  The example below is a pin that depicts a lady cradling a child near an urn on a pedestal and states: "J.C. obt [died] July the 21st 1785, aged 2 years and 7 months---Not Lost, Gone Before."

from the Anne Louise Luthy collection

The hair has been embedded along the rim of the piece and, as was common practice, may also have been crushed and mixed into the paint that the artist used.

Image and information from "Antiques Uncovered, Episode 3." BBC. 2015

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