1888 Sentimental Hair Band in Original Heart-Shaped Box

August 13, 2010

1888 Sentimental Hair BandCountry: Scotland (A. Struthers, 54 Leith St, Edinburgh)
Year: 1888

An excellent example of love tokens from the time and a wonderful look at how many of the hair buckle rings from the late 19th century can be mistaken for mourning. It is hard to discern the origin of some pieces, due to the simplicity of hair placement, but quite a large percentage of these pieces were actually simple love tokens. This is a wonderful insight into the fashion and custom of the time – hair was still a prominent material for use and the love token of giving hair wasn’t gone from society just yet.

Pieces like this could also be commonly found in catalogues for purchase.

Still in its original heart shaped box, this ring is a memento to a lover.

From the 1880s onwards, bands like this become lighter in their weight, much different from the early to mid 1870s pieces.

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