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Four brooches

Early/Mid-19th century

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Brooch in the form of a lyre, mid-19th century. American. Brunette hair and gold. Brooch, early 19th century. American. Pearls, gold, glass, and blonde hair.
Brooch, mid-19th century. American. Blonde and brunette hair, and gold.
Brooch in the shape of a cross, mid-19th century. American. Brunette hair and gold.
Hair had been clipped and saved as a memento of a loved one for centuries; in the mid-nineteenth century, hairwork was considered an art form. Long strands were braided into cords and chains or woven into forms such as lyres and acorns. Hair jewelry was not necessarily made for mourning, but more generally as a memento of a loved one who was still alive.

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  • Title: Four brooches
  • Date Created: Early/Mid-19th century
  • Location Created: United States
  • Provenance: Brooch in the form of a lyre: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. William S. Curtis, 1944.254 Brooch: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. Gurdon W. Russell, 1918.1607 Brooch: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Carolyn B. Taylor, 1952.269 Brooch in the shape of a cross: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Lois Camp Warner, 1945.122
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Original Source: Brooch in the form of a lyre: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. William S. Curtis, 1944.254 Brooch: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. Gurdon W. Russell, 1918.1607 Brooch: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Carolyn B. Taylor, 1952.269 Brooch in the shape of a cross: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Lois Camp Warner, 1945.122
  • Medium: Brunette hair, gold, pearls, glass, blonde hair

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