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Locket (mourning)

Object Number: 
INV.12509a
Date: 
ca. 1865
Medium: 
Wood, glass, hair, gold, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. ( 5.1 x 3.5 x 0.6 cm )
Marks: 
hairwork: inside locket, center of one side: "HDT"
Description: 
Circular hinged locket (mourning) with gold formeé cross inlay on one side, circular brass inlay on opposite side, round fixture at the top with circular brass bail; when opened, one side has short strands of hair set free-form beneath glass, opposite side has hairwork in the form of a monogram "HDT" at the center, surrounded with shafts of bearded wheat.
Gallery Label: 
According to a note found with this piece of mourning jewelry, it belonged to Mary H. Davidson of Louisville, Kentucky. The hair inside the locket came from Mary's sister, Helen M. Davidson Turner, in commemoration of her death near the end of the Civil War. The Davidson sisters, who also included Julia, were the granddaughters of John Pintard.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Helen M. Turner, 1918
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group