By the middle of the nineteenth century, jewelry made of hair was predominantly a sign of love rather than mourning. They were tokens of affection to a betrothed, spouse or family member. For men, watch chains were popular pieces to have made with your significant other’s hair. For women, any number of pieces could be made, but necklaces and bracelets were common choices. One could purchase pendants and charms to which hair was then added. These charms might simply be something pretty or represent an interest of the hair’s owner, such as music, bird-watching or even ice skating.


  • Title: Watch Fob
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 14 x 1 3/4 in. (35.6 x 4.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 2008.212
  • Medium: hair, gold

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