This hair wreath (yes that’s right, a hair wreath) sits in an octagonal shadow box frame.  The hair formed into a picture containing a design made by hair from Mrs. Wallace and her eight daughters.  It was approximately 125 years old in 1962.

Hair art dates back to the 17th and 18th century where families wanted to save hair of their loved ones in the form of jewelry or wreaths.  Hair was kept in a hair receiver.  It was made popular by Queen Victoria when Prince Albert died and went into mourning until her own death.  It’s been said that she used to keep a piece of Prince Albert’s hair in a locket.  Hair art wasn’t always used for mourning but also for churches or schools.

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