Hair, metal, glass
overall (as worn): 1/2 x 2 x 1 7/8 in. ( 1.3 x 5.1 x 4.8 cm )
Light brown mourning bracelet with metal clasp fastener and security clip at the center; the design running the length of the bracelet looks like weaving, and is trimmed on both edges with narrow braiding unattached to the center piece; the clasp is rectangular with glass set in a bezel at the center with hair plaited in a Turk's knot; the clasp fastens to metal end bails at the terminus of each end with chain links; the back of the clasp and the security clip have monograms engraved.
Gift of Sarah Lathrop Hunter
engraved: reverse of clasp: "MLD" engraved: obverse of security clip: "PD"
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.