Triple Bow Brooch From Human Hair

Unknown Maker
Production date
Circa 1850s
Mourning Brooch with triple bows made completely from human hair. The tubular bow ribbon and the three balloon tassels below have a mesh or net like appearance. At the centre of the bow is a small rosesette. Beneath the bows a three very fine chains with each one connecting to a little balloon shaped pouch. On the reverse side is a bar pin attachment.
Style referred as "balloon" jewellery-refers to method of manufacture-long strands of hair plaited and twisted over a tubular base; steamed; slid off the mould & secured in circular shapes by gold bands.
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Object detail

Production date
Circa 1850s
Human hair & Metal
Length: 80mm Width: 64mm Height: 9mm
Production place
Department collection type
Credit line
Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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