Necklace with a small portrait of a man, mid-late 19th century.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Photographic portrait of a formally dressed man. The gold frame encasing the daguerreotype image includes a decorative engraved motif. The frame is attached to three lengths of cord woven from human hair. The jewellery may have been worn as a choker, and may have been a gift from husband to wife, or was possibly mourning jewellery. Photographic jewellery quickly became popular in the early days of photography as a decorative and personal way to display pictures of loved ones. From the Kodak Collection at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. This collection of photographs, equipment and printed material tracing the history of photography, was assembled by Kodak Limited and acquired from them in the mid-1980s.