The Cult of Friendship

Unusual Locket Pendant with Hair Inlay, ca. 1840


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Unusual Locket Pendant with Hair Inlay, ca. 1840
Unusual Locket Pendant with Hair Inlay, ca. 1840
Description
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Towards the end of the 18th century and well into the 19th century, people cultivated a true cult of friendship and love. Wonderful friendship albums, called liber amicorum, were created, with artistic ink drawings and verses. People exchanged silhouettes to remember the silhouette of a beloved face and aEven many pieces of jewelry had sentimental meaning. Locks of hair set under glass or rock crystal reminded not only of the deceased, but also of dear friends separated by space, the one or the beloved, and not least of one's own family members. The present pendant is such a sentimental piece of jewelry from the first half of the 19th century. The clear glass pendant reveals a small bouquet of artfully arranged locks of hair held together by a green silk thread. The hair seems to have belonged to two, maybe even three different people; perhaps siblings, best friends or the children of the former wearer. The glass is set in gold. Alternately, the frame shows sculptural leaf elements and garnet red glass pastes formed in rose cut. Below, a small pearl is suspended. We discovered the beautiful pendant in East Westphalia and added a gold-plated chain to it. An unusual relic in its form and composition from the now distant world of Biedermeier.
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The people of the 19th century cultivated a distinct culture of remembrance, which was also reflected in jewellery. People exchanged locks of hair, for example, which were arranged into portraits under glass and presented in rings or lockets, or they wove entire necklaces from the strands of hair of a beloved person. This sentimental jewellery derived its importance not from its material value, but from its emotional significance.
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Unusual Locket Pendant with Hair Inlay, ca. 1840
The Cult of Friendship
€ 980.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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