Bracelet (mourning)

Bracelet (mourning)
Title
Bracelet (mourning)
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Sarah Lathrop Hunter
Object Number 
1933.137c
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group