Today we are delighted to offer for sale an original and authentic antique 1800s Victorian mourning fob with locket!
Victorian mourning jewelry made of a human hair became immensely popular in the 19th century. Husbands went to work wearing watch fobs fashioned of their wives hair. Locks from the dearly departed were mounted into rings and brooches. Ladies filled their autograph books with snippets from their friends. At a time of rising commercialism, sentimental hairwork became a way both to signal one’s sincerity and, paradoxically, to stay in style. People made wreaths, rings, necklaces and all sorts of pieces out of human hair. One of the most famous guides to doing hair work was published in 1867, called Self-Instructor and the Art of Hair Work. The fashion for human hair mourning jewelry faded by the early 1920s.
This exquisite watch fob that we are happy to present features a intricately woven chain crafted of beautiful chestnut brown human hair. The piece features brass and black enamel end pieces and center piece. The center piece features a dangling locket, which is engraved “H.L.E. 7-2-1900”. The ends of the fob feature a lobster clasp and toggle bar. The piece can be worn as a necklace (for those with a thin neck!), a bracelet, or used as a watch fob. The fob presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with very minor wear/fraying and patina commensurate with age and type of use. This wonderful piece will make a fine addition to any Victorian mourning jewelry collection, and would make a lovely gift to anyone who is a fan of the odd and macabre.
Dimensions (un-toggled): 13″ in length x 3/4″ diameter (locket)
Weight: 15 grams