Hair, gold, diamonds, silver, textile
bracelet: 7 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.
Braided hair mourning bracelet with gold clasp; oval medallion at clasp of clear glass compartment lined with purple material (compartment empty); silver "M" set with diamond chips on cover of glass compartment; gold frame and clasp decorated with chased, braided, and engraved motifs; inscription on reverse of clasp
This mourning bracelet memorializes Mary Elizabeth Morris (1808-1851, née Babcock), the wife of William Lewis Morris (1804-1864). Mary died on July 10, 1851 at the age of 43, and the bracelet was probably made with her hair as a keepsake for one of her four daughters: Margaret Antoinette (b. 1830), Frances (b. 1832), Susan Arden (b. 1837), or Mary Elizabeth (b. 1849).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.