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A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870
Manufacturers of
Diamond Work & Ornamental Hair Jewelry
importers of German Jewelry, Watches, Diamonds, etc.
169 Broadway, Gilsey Building, Rm. 3
New York

 

   Whether fashioned by a home crafter professionally by a hair weaver or a jewelry maker, hair jewelry was the height of the romanticism and sentiment that characterized the Victorian era. Some pieces were done as mourning pieces or "momento mori" ("remember you must die"). 

   While some may find this morbid, for the Victorians death was a common and accepted part of everyday life especially due to the higher infant mortality rate of the time and the devastation of the Civil War.

   Hair jewelry was not always mourning jewelry, however, as it was also crafted as love tokens from sweethearts, family members and cherished friends.  Rings might be engraved with loving messages and memorials either on the face or inside the band, and might also have hidden compartments for the hair.

   Brooches came in all sizes from the daintiest lace pin to a larger 3" oval meant to be worn at the neck. Watch chains and bracelets often show the most ingenious hair weaving techniques with more than one color of hair often used, as perhaps a chain given by three daughters to their father.

 

PAGE 2 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches and earrings.
A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

VICTORIAN hair plume brooch with seed pearls and curled wire work, table work woven hair frame and gold fittings 1-5/8" by 1-1/4". Similar brooch seen in the 1870 Edition of A Bernhard & Co. Catalogue.   View   View   #V31354 PAGE 1 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches and pendants.

PAGE 3 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches and earrings.

 

PAGE 42 of Victorian hair bracelets, brooches and earrings.

VICTORIAN hair two-tone dangle earrings with gold leaves and berries fittings, 1-1/4".  View   View   #V31358 PAGE 45 of Victorian hair bracelets, brooches and earrings.

  VICTORIAN palette work hair flower bouquet in gold with black enameling lover's knot brooch, 2".   View   View   View   #V29441

 

PAGE 48 of Victorian hair bracelets, brooches, stickpins and earrings.

VICTORIAN table work snake bracelet with a14k yellow gold head and tail set with Persian turquoise garnets, 9-3/4" uncoiled. See Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 158. View   View   View   View
Courtesy of Valerie Trzeciak
PAGE 47 of Victorian hair brooches, rings and earrings.

 VICTORIAN hair woven on gold cross pendant, 1-1/4" cross on 1/3" loop. See Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 124.   View   View   #V31361

 

PAGE 21 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets of intricate design.

  VICTORIAN HAIR bracelet with a faceted purple stone in a cannetille work clasp. Four colors of hair made up this bracelet, which makes me wonder if it might have been made by four daughters for their mother. It is 7" long and 1-1/4" wide.  #V1957 PAGE 18 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets and pendants in plume, bow and floral designs.

VICTORIAN gold and black enamel palette worked hair plumes, seed pearls and golden wire memorial brooch with engraving on back, "Alex McDonald, obt. 23rd Dec, 1850, Agnes Sanderson, 14th Nov. 1871. Note that each side of the curled hair is a different color, one for each of the people memorialized in the engraving on the back.   View   View   View   #V31130

 

PAGE 49 of Victorian hair bracelets, brooches, stickpins and earrings.

VICTORIAN hair bow pin with acorn drops, gold "knot" of the bow is inscribed "Lizzie".  View   View    #V31362 PAGE 50 of Victorian hair brooches and earrings.

VICTORIAN hair pin with orange cabochons center stone, hair frame set in gold, monogrammed "MBF", 1".   View   View   #V31356

 

PAGE 7 of Victorian hair jewelry: stickpins, brooches, earrings and pendants.

VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold earrings, each a foil-backed closed collet set dark citrines suspending an acorn-shaped hair pendant, 1-1/2".  #V32067 PAGE 25 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches and bracelets.

PAGE 46 of Victorian hair bracelets, brooches and earrings.

 

PAGE 61 of Victorian hair rings.
A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

VICTORIAN hair set in gold ring with initials "MPH", size 6-1/2.   View   #V31359 PAGE 4 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chain, brooches, earrings and pendants.

VICTORIAN puffy heart padlock charm with hair enclosure, 1". A similar piece can be seen on page 36 of Bell's "Collecting Victorian Jewelry".    View   #V31587

 

PAGE 30 of Victorian hair jewelry: necklaces and bracelets.

VICTORIAN hair jewelry, a 14k yellow gold framed bracelet of fifteen tubular hollow links, each a beautifully woven memento with varying tones of hair, and each link inscribed with the source monogram, 6 3/4" x 1 1/2". This is probably the loveliest token of friendship I have ever seen, and one of the most unusual.   View   View    View   View   View   #V32065    PAGE 28 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches, bracelets and crosses.

 VICTORIAN hair bracelet with gold stations and clasp, two broken portions on back, 7-1/4" by 3/4". This bracelet can be seen on page 28 of the A. Bernhard & Co 1870 catalogue of hair jewelry.   View   View   View   #V31353

 

  PAGE 23 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches, bracelets and earrings.

    VICTORIAN yellow gold filled mourning brooch with curled hair in three shades accented with tiny seed pearls against a pale pink background, 2-1/4" by 1-7/8".  View   #V31345  PAGE 27 of Victorian hair jewelry: necklaces, bracelets and watch chains.

VICTORIAN hair bracelet, engraved inside "CLVR", 6" by 1/2", hair as is and delicate in one place where it joins the clasp. View #V25845

 

   LADY wearing gold earrings and a woven hair necklace with a photograph pendant. Carte de viste marked "Robertson & Brooks, Franklin, KY."

 VICTORIAN sentimental woven hair watch chain, 14".   View   #V16355   

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 VICTORIAN hair bracelet with etched design locket front, 6-5/8" by 7/8".   View   View   View   #V31408

 

PAGE 22 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches and bracelets.

VICTORIAN hair brooch with cross pendant and gold filled fittings. PAGE 24 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches, bracelets and earrings.

VICTORIAN hair bow bracelet with engraved initials "AVP" on center.   View   View   View   #V31357

 

PAGE 6 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches, earrings and pendants.

VICTORIAN hair large hoop earrings, gold filled fittings, 1-7/8" long and 1-5/8" wide. Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 141.   #V31386 PAGE 8 of Victorian hair jewelry: earrings, brooches and pendants.   

VICTORIAN table worked hair set in etched and enameled gold pierced earrings with three pendants, 1-3/4" top to bottom. Earrings like these, circa 1870, can be seen on page 45 of Romero's Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3. Similar earrings are on page 143 of Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry".   View   #V27335

 

PAGE 9 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches in fancy designs, including florals and initials.

   VICTORIAN gold, black enamel and palette worked hair flowers  in lover's knot brooch, 2".   View   View   View   #V29441    PAGE 16 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets and brooches.

VICTORIAN blond hair bow brooch of open table work with drops, 2" by 1-3/4". This brooch, sadly, has major damage, but I am sure it was treasured and worn by someone many years ago.  View   View   View   #V31395

 

VICTORIAN brown hollow table worked woven hair acorn earrings, 1-1/8". Earrings like these, circa 1870, can be seen on page 45 of Romero's Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3.   View   #V27607

PAGE 10 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches and earrings including acorn-shaped, fleur-de-lis and garters. VICTORIAN 14K rose gold Victorian earrings, with braided chestnut hair inserts caged with twisted gold ropes and polished gold backs. Measuring 1 " from the top of the locking, pierced earwires, they are finished with a gold ball drop.   View
Courtesy of Nora Schild of Megan McGee

PAGE 40 of Victorian hair jewelry: clasps and bracelets.

 

View Victorian hair ring as shown at right #V15258, and on page 13 of the catalogue. #V15458.

VICTORIAN 14k ring with woven hair inside, size 7-1/4. See Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 185.  View   #V15458  PAGE 13 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches, charms and pendants.
A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

  VICTORIAN  hair ring with shield front, size 9-1/4.   #V21550

 

VICTORIAN hair purse pocketbook charm, , 7/8". Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 197.   View   #V31399

PAGE 13 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches, charms and pendants.   VICTORIAN hair lyre charm, gold fittings, 1-1/4" by 5/8". Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 120.   #V31388 

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PAGE 19 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches, watch chains, earrings and pendants

  VICTORIAN hair double dangle earrings, screw back fittings probably replaced the original pierced wires in the early 1900s, 2-1/4".   View   View   View    View   #V31360  PAGE 17 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, earrings, crosses and pendants.

   VICTORIAN table work hair caged bead brooch, 1-1/2".   View   #V5459

 

  PAGE 32 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains.

PAGE 31 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains. VICTORIAN hair braided watch chain with gold fittings, 10-1/3".   View   View   View   #V31355

PAGE 33 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains.

 

PAGE 34 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains.

VICTORIAN woven brunette hair sweetheart or memorial watch chain with dog's head fob.  View   View   View  #V29605  PAGE 36 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains and necklaces.

   VICTORIAN 375 (9 ct) table worked hair 14" watch chain with fob engraved with initials and marked "WA .375".  View   #V21554

 

PAGE 26 of Victorian hair jewelry: brooches, bracelets watch chains and earrings.

VICTORIAN hair brooch with table worked open frame and palette worked woven hair center set in yellow gold filled, 1-1/8".   View   #V31468

PAGE 55 of Victorian hair earrings.

VICTORIAN hair earrings with open weave table work and gold fittings.

 

PAGE 14 of Victorian hair jewelry: charms, initials and pendants.

PAGE 15 of Victorian hair jewelry: cufflinks. PAGE 35 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains.

PAGE 39 of Victorian hair jewelry: watch chains.

 

Not everyone would have used a palette or table work to create jewelry from a loved one's hair. This locket appears to be hand lettered inside, with crimped and hand-sewn hair work curls and hand written paper inset, both probably done by an amateur.

This looks like a hand made amateur setting, although one with great charm, and it is probably a one-of-a-kind piece. The child's photo on the front is combined with the lock of hair and tiny baby ring on the back.

VICTORIAN gold hair locket with black enameled "IMO' on front, "Hannah Taylor, born June 23, 1872 died July 30, 1876, Rest in Jesus" and hair curls inside, 1-5/8" by 1-1/4".   View   View   View   #V29823 

  VICTORIAN large sterling silver hand made pendant with a tin type photo of a little boy on one side, and a lock of his hair tied with a blue ribbon and his baby ring on the other, frame marked "925", 3-5/8" by 2".   View   View   #V29576

 

 

 

VICTORIAN hair brooch with brown, blonde and red hair, brooch frame has lovely branches, leaves and tendrils, 2" by 2-1/4".   View   View   View   #V32449

VICTORIAN lady wearing a lovely hair brooch with woven and braided hair.   #Vpho1

VICTORIAN sentimental triple knot hair brooch in yellow gold settinng, circa 1880, 1-5/8". Hair jewelry was a popular sentimental item throughout the 1800s. This is an unusual design, and may have been done by siblings in a family. A very similar brooch can be seen in this Victorian-era photograph View.   View   #V28119 

 

 

REFERENCES:
A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870
Art of Mourning

Morbid Outlook: Fashion History
Collectors Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry by Jeanenne Bell

 

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