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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

Product Code: 28000574

Description
 
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