Hairy times

Victorian pinchbeck brooch with hair picture, England circa 1850

A wonderful brooch with an artistic and rare image of hair from the time around 1850: Brigitte Marquardt reproduces in her publication on Biedermeier jewellery, Munich 1983, p. 208, some pieces of jewellery of the commemorative culture of the 19th century, some of which are worked from human hair, and explains their meaning. Thus, the processing of hair into jewellery is based on the significance of hair as a part of the whole human being, which is, as it were, immortal due to its durability. In popular belief, hair is the seat of life force. Pieces of jewellery made of hair were often gifts from marrying daughters to their mothers. Thus, in the truest sense of the word, a part of the child who left home could remain with the loving mother and be an everlasting memory - even if the daughter had now set up her own household. The present brooch shows a finely worked arrangement of blond hair. The depiction of such a delicate bouquet amazes the viewer even today, some 170 years after it was created: the inlay of the medallion is so fine, so filigree, that the hair almost appears like feathers. The oval hair picture is surrounded by a magnificent frame of gilded pinchbeck. The brooch is beautifully preserved and an exciting collector's item from Victorian England.

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