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The Pin Brooch is from Atlanta, Georgia and is circa dated 1860. This Civil War pin holds basket woven Dark Blond Hair. The hair work is professionally woven in a very small pattern. There are 31 original Ocean Seed Pearls around the hairwork’s bezel.
Information on Hairwork: "Hair jewelry functioned as a keepsake of the dead and as a memento mori, a reminder that death was an ever-present possibility; the wearer was constantly reminded that she should lead a good life because death could strike without warning. Often a wearer would add more hair pieces to a glass-covered brooch when additional relatives or friends passed away. Hair jewelry was not always worn to commemorate the dead; lovers also wore pieces made from the couple’s hair."
Reference is from HISTORY OF HAIR JEWELRY IN VICTORIAN AMERICA
The size of the brooch is 1 wide and ½ inch tall. The pin is a T-bar style and the clasp is a C-clasp. Insured value as of April 2013 is $1500.00.