Antique Hair Token Mourning Folk Art Wreath 1850 Pre Civil War Envelope Stamp For Sale1850 Pre Civil War Envelope 3 Cent Stamp / Antique Hair Work LetterPre Civil War Envelope: Lonsdale, RI, Red Three Cent U.S. postage with cancel stamp.Addressed to: Mrs Marion Upson, Springville, NYThe envelope measures approximately 4 1/2” by 2 3/4” and has yellowed over the years. The embossed edges are worn.
The envelope top flap is torn from wear the wax seal was.Inside is a folded poem with two hair weaving braids. Designed to look like a daisy flower. Hair art was used during the Victorian era to preserved the memory of a loved one. Often women with make elaborate wreaths or art books with lockets of hair from the dearly departed. Civil War soldiers would carry their love ones hair in a locket.Victorian women made scrapbooks from locks of hair and mourning albums and wreaths.These two sweet woven pre Civil War hair works are tokens of affection. The poem/ prose letter is written as a farewell.
In part the poem reads. “This little emblem of respect my friend I give to thee.
Treat not the motto with neglect for tis to remember me.”
Signed M. I. H.Often hair was used in mourning jewelry or elaborate designed wreathes. Some women collected hair from friends and family and made memorial albums to honor or declare their friendship.
Albums and pages of folk art valentines were made with hair and cut out Please look for my other sale with a Envelope that is Stamp less and has two more pieces of hair art. Smoke free home. Please email with questions. Good Luck and Thanks for looking
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