Mourning bracelet with case
Hair, gold, diamonds, silver, textile; leather, velvet, metal
Overall (bracelet): 7 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (19.1 x 2.9 cm) Case: 3 1/2 x 4 in. ( 8.9 x 10.2 cm )
Underside of case cover stamped in gold: "TIFFANY & CO. / 550 B.WAY, / NEW-YORK"
Underside of clasp engraved: "MEM / 10th July 1851"
Braided hair mourning bracelet with gold clasp; oval medallion at clasp is clear glass locket (empty) lined with purple textile or paper; silver "M" set with diamond chips on cover of glass locket; gold frame and clasp decorated with chased, braided, and engraved motifs; inscription on reverse of push-button metal clasp; fitted black leather case lined with pale green velvet (hinge broken); retailer's name stamped at underside of case lid.
This mourning bracelet memorializes Mary Elizabeth Morris (1808-1851, née Babcock), the wife of William Lewis Morris (1804-1864). Mary died on July 10, 1851 at the age of 43, and the bracelet was probably made with her hair as a keepsake for one of her four daughters: Margaret Antoinette (b. 1830), Frances (b. 1832), Susan Arden (b. 1837), or Mary Elizabeth (b. 1849).
Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b.1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute; to their son John Babcock Morris Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.