Bracelet (mourning)

Object Number: 
1933.137c
Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Hair, metal
Dimensions: 
overall (as worn): 5/8 x 3 x 1 in. ( 1.6 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Dark brown mourning bracelet, made of plaited hair with a metal clasp fastener; the design resembles a chain running the length of the braclet, with two narrow rows of plaiting along each outer edge; the clasp is medallion-shaped at the center with arabesque-shaped side pieces, all worked in acanthus leaf design.
Gallery Label: 
This bracelet is made from the hair of Sarah Eayers Davis, Phebe Ann Davis, and Matthew Livingston Davis (1783-1850), ancestors of the donor. Matthew Davis was a New York journalist, but is probably best known for his close friendship with Aaron Burr. He was present at the duel when Burr shot Alexander Hamilton; later he published Burr's private papers in two books. For many years Davis was a sachem in the Tammany Society, and was grand sachem from 1814-1815.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Sarah Lathrop Hunter
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group