Lock of hair encased in a locket, c 1850.


Lock of hair encased in a locket, c 1850.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


A lock of hair bound with gold thread and encased in a gold locket, created by an unknown maker in about 1850. The exterior of the gold locket has an intricate engraving of flowers and leaves and the dedication 'FCB to EMB, Jan'y 5th 1855'. The locket also contains a photographic portrait of a man, presumably FCB. Photographic jewellery quickly became popular in the early days of photography as a decorative and personal way to display pictures of loved ones.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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