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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