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Bracelet (mourning)

Bracelet (mourning)
Title
Bracelet (mourning)
Date 
1850-1880
Medium 
Hair, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 3/4 x 3 x 1 in. ( 1.9 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Brown plaited hair mourning bracelet (.1) with metal clasp fastener and security clip at the center; the overall design is plain plaiting; the clasp has a padlock style lock (.2) which opens and slips through the clasp.
Credit Line 
Gift of Sarah Lathrop Hunter
Object Number 
1933.137a.1,2
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