By the mid-nineteenth century, hairwork became commonly associated as tokens of love. This brooch swivels to show a photographic portrait of a young man on one side and hairwork, likely of the sitter, on the other. It might have been given to a woman close to the sitter: a fiancée, wife, or possibly mother. Swiveling brooches allowed the wearer to choose which side to display.


  • Title: Brooch
  • Date Created: circa 1860
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 1/8 x 1 7/8 x 9/16 in. (5.4 x 4.8 x 1.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 2008.209
  • Medium: gold, hair, watercolor and gold paint on albumen print, glass

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