An exquisite antique braided hair stretch bracelet from the early Victorian era, c1847. Inscribed "D Guthrie, Dec 1ST 1847" this endearing bracelet is made of human hair, along with a 15ct gold mount and pendant. Beautiful hand engraved flowers and swirl flourishes decorate the front of the gold findings, and vibrant blue turquoise cabochon stones accent each centre. The reverse of the pendant reveals a plait of human hair behind a hand-cut bevel edge glass, likely a token of the dearly beloved deceased hair.
The stretch dark blonde colour hair bracelet is masterly made in hollow form with open weave. It has remarkable elasticity, allowing it to be worn on a child's wrist, or large adult wrist. The 19th century expertly made hair work (tablework) pattern was known as the 'double elastic bracelet braid' - pattern seen in Mark Campbells Hair Work book.
An exceptional sentimental piece of woven hair work, or tablework as it was known in the day! Perfect for the avid Victorian hair jewellery collector!