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A Lady of Cincinnati The Child's Bible. with plates. Fisher & Brother.Philadelphia.1834
A Lady of Cincinnati The Child's Bible. with plates. Fisher & Brother.Philadelphia.1834
Price: $75.00

192 pp, embossed cloth board covers. Miniature book. Stereotyper: Joseph A James  Written by a 'lady of Cincinnati', this item is a rendition of the bible simplified for a child audience. There are 27 beautifully detailed  black and white illustrations in the book. Inscribed on end paper front cover  and was given to a student by their teacher (Reward of Merit ?). There is a a lock of hair inserted in-between two pages (68 & 69). Measures 2" x 1 3/4". Covers are soiled and have a few stains. In particular there is one on the front cover. Covers are partially separated from the text block. Interior pages are toned and slightly soiled due to age. Missing last page (191-192)
Love Token with 4 woven hearts for Mercy Land Brown c1850s. ..
Love Token with 4 woven hearts for Mercy Land Brown c1850s. ..
Price: $275.00

A dear 3" x 3 5/8" slip of paper with four woven hearts at the corners created from a piece of paper that was printed ornately but for another purpose ("make-do").  Pencil decoration creates 'saw-tooth' border around the hearts plus two naive intertwined hearts and a flower. with the name "Mercy Land Brown" below.  Reverse is blank. .
 Framed Decorative Hair Ornament with Hair from Family Members. .New Scotland, Albany County, NY.1866
Framed Decorative Hair Ornament with Hair from Family Members. .New Scotland, Albany County, NY.1866
Price: $450.00

An oval frame houses a 4 1/2" x 4 1/4"  horseshoe shaped array of flowers created with hair.  Each intricately woven into various types of flowers.  Penciled numbers on the white background. A sheet applied to the reverse reads "Presented to Adam Van Allen, January 1, 1866 by Rebecca S. Van Allen.  Manufactured from the Hair of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Van Allen and their children". A key follows assigning a number to each family member corresponding to flower created using that individual's hair.  Frame measures 9 1/2" x 9". Crack in frame with old repair. Some gesso beadwork trim lacking. In 19th C America, parlor walls were decorated with elaborate wreaths made of hair fashioned into twigs and flowers, often adorned with beads or ribbons.   Victorian men and women treasured hairwork not only as remembrances of loved ones and memorials of relationships but also as objects of beauty and means of personal expression.  These works were created almost exclusively by women in cottage industries.  In her book "Love Entwined" Helen Sheumaker argues that this refiguration of a loved one's hair into a commodity created a unique meeting point between sentimentality and consumerism, intensifying the close relationship between the goods one purchased and the kind of person one wished to be. . Adam Van Allen Born: 20 Sep 1813 New Scotland, Albany County, New York, United States of America Death : 11 Aug 1884 Albany, Albany County, New York, United States of America
 Fine Album with 78 Identified Plaided Hair Works including 16 Doubles (Husband & Wife Entwined) and Woven Hearts. .Livingston, Columbia County NY .1848
Fine Album with 78 Identified Plaided Hair Works including 16 Doubles (Husband & Wife Entwined) and Woven Hearts. .Livingston, Columbia County NY .1848
Price: $2,450.00

A 7" x 8 1/2" handcrafted album with wallpaper covers and satin ribbon border.  An interesting arrray of plaited hair from numerous families in the Livingston, Columbia County NY area.  Of particular note - 16 of the works include hair from a husband and a wife, each woven or looped  in a different manner and joined with a ribbon at center.  An array of ribbons adorn the hair. The first page includes several members of the Potts family.  A verse reads "Why gaze you on my hoary hairs Ye children young and gay Your locks beneath the blast of cares May bleach as white as they.  Remember they That used to wear Upon their heads These locks of hair.  The following two pages also include verses referencing hair.  Additional verses scattered throughout the book.  A single pair of woven paper hearts near the end of the book.  The final page includes a single lock of hair and is captioned "Maria Potts.  This lock of hair was cut at the time of her death at the age of 91.  Members from the following families appear Potts, Bachman, Handerson, Hermans, Shear, Wilteie, Plags, Denninger, Pierce, Rockefeller, Gardner, Decker, Ham, Simpson, Rote, Wright, Genon, Wright, Cole, .