You’re looking at my fabulous Victorian woven hair bracelet, from about the year 1850. This is a fantastic example of hair jewellery; exceptionally popular during the Victorian era. We often consider any hair jewellery to be mourning jewellery but this is not always the case. Mourning jewellery was popular during the Georgian and Victorian times. It served as a touchstone to remember loved ones who had passed away before photographs were readily available. Mourning jewellery was predominately black, but not always; sometimes it was decorated with the deceased’s hair or symb. Olic adornment such as white enamel representing a virgin unmarried woman, pearls for infants or different colours for the different stages of grief. Jewellery made from the hair of one dead person were usually objects of mourning, while jewellery made from the hair of multiple people- dead and alive, were more like sentimental family trees. This type of jewellery would have b. Een a way to show your connection to a friend, child or spouse or relative. Women of the 19th century would swap locks of hair as a love token, the way young girls today might swap and wear friendship bracelets. This bracelet is made from a single person’s hair (as far as I can tell). It’s superbly woven and in excellent condition. There’s another woven hair panel set into pinchbeck as are the ends of the woven hair finishing the bracelet, it’s nicely decorated with engraved scrolling detail. Pinchbeck is an alloy of copper and zinc, it was invented in the early 1800s by Christopher Pinchbeck, a clock maker. It resembles gold so closely that it was used to make less expensive pieces. This made jewellery available to the less wealthy; but the metal was also highly prized by the upper classes as they had they’re favourite most splendid pieces duplicated in pinchbeck. They could then be worn on the stage coach journeys that so often fell victim to highway robberies, fooling the highway men meaning they got away with a much less valuable hoard. The woven hair band looks very small but as you can see from the photos it does stretch and can be worn. Size 2.0 x 6.2 x 1.0 cm OR 0.8 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches. Weight 5.41 grams. PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER ITEMS! PHOTOS CAN BE DECEIVING! EVERYTHING WILL BE SENT SIGNED FOR AS STANDARD. PLEASE PAY WITHIN THREE DAYS. The item “Antique Victorian Pinchbeck Hair Jewellery Mourning Bracelet. F108F” is in sale since Thursday, June 20, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\Victorian (1837-1901)”. The seller is “ffioowe_79″ and is located in Tetbury,Gloucestershire. This item can be shipped worldwide.