Victorian Hair Work Book Hairwork Mourning Jewelry 1851 For Sale
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155, 140, 138& 129-yr-old Etchings & Instructions for Hairwork Mourning Jewelry, Rings, Bracelets, Ear Rings, Hair Nets, Purses, Hair Care & History
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Originally published in 1851, 1866, 1868and 1877!
Up foryour considerationis another marvelous Dakota Prairie TreasuresSpiral Bound BookRepublication of the original "Hair-work" instructions with steel plate etchings by experienced mourning jewelry artists from the early to mid- Victorianhair work arts era. This is a newly updated compilation of information originally published in 1851, 1866, 1868and 1877 from6 separate sources! (Originals are NOT for sale)
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This HISTORICitem contains etchings, instructions, diagrams, designs, materials lists and fundamentals for creating a variety of hair work art items. There are35 ANTIQUE etchingsof designs forhair and bead ORNAMENTS with all social, cultural and historical instructions intact!
This type of original information is seldom found online or elsewhere! I was fortunate enough in my bibliomaniacal searching to run across the original text gems and am sharing with those who love the old arts as much as I.
These instructions are characteristic of the crafts done by our lady ancestors during the Antebellum, Civil War, Victorian andDickens cultural periods. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase your own version of another wonderfulcreative artinformational sourcerevealing our heritage from early America and European!
"As the hair is the only part of our beloved friends which can be kept in memoriam, it is natural that we should desire to preserve the treasure in some way that will testify our appreciation of its value, and when this can be done in a manner that is both pleasing to the taste and that will insure its prolonged or lasting preservation, it becomes a work which all may desire to be able to successfully practice The ability to so arrange and secure each strand of the sacred treasure, becomes an accomplishment truly valuable, and worthy all the patience and skill required in its performance."
"The smoothness and regularity of hair-work is its greatest beauty, and there is no branch of fancy work which requires so few rules, or which may be so readily acquired by practice. A dexterous use of the fingers, neatness of finish, and that skill in manipulating, called "nimble fingering," are the great requisites in forming perfect leaves and flowers of hair."
"Take nature for your guide, and with hair of various colors and lengths, you will be able to form almost any flower you desire."
What a historically educational and delightful art instructional piece this is!
Contents: Section I
How to Make Various
Brooches, Lockets, etc.
The Single Plait
Cross and Wreath
Design for Shield
Crown and Hearts
Cluster of Convolvulus
Buds of Roses
Leaves and Tendrils
Form of Leaf
Contents: Section II
Contains very detailed observations on the multitude of routes the booming Victorian human hair trade obtained its hair goods. Some rather practical,some downright moroffer! An absolutely fascinating read...
"A curious and amusing, and the same time highly suggestive article...The consequence is that the trade in human hair has of late assumed very large proportions, and its value has increased at a prodigious rate. Where does it all come from? a spectator naturally asks, as he surveys the harvest of locks hanging in the windows of the fashionable hairdressers...
...One hundred tons weight of this precious ornament is...annually taken [to Paris], whence it is distributed in a raw and manufactured state over the whole of Europe...
...If we could watch in secret the rape of each lock, we should be able to give a series of pictures of human agony such as life but rarely presents, for we may be sure that, as a rule, a young woman would almost as soon lose her live as that glorious appendage, on which so much of her beauty depends."
Contents: Section III
More Hair Work Instructions regarding:
How to Effectively and Artistically Mix Hair of Different Colors and Thickness
Pretty & Uncommon Chain Pattern
General How To Instructions forMaking Your OwnHair Braiding Table
Instructions for "A Very Pretty Purse"
Nets for Hair (Made of hair!)
Contents: Section IV
Curious Facts About False Hair
A Social-Cultural Historical Commentary on the Parisian Hair Trade
"The best hair is purchased from the peasants of Brittany and Auvergne, the young girls literally putting their tresses up at sale. The maiden who wishes to dispose of her locks mounts a chair and takes out all the pins and combs that confine her hair, letting it fall around her. The buyers gather round to inspect it and to judge of the quality and quantity, after which the offerding begins."
Other points addressed:
Rag Pickers Contributions to the Hair Trade
Details Regarding How the Hair Locks and Combings are Processed in Manufacturing Braids and Chignons
Three Categories of Hair Lengths and Their Uses
Marseilles Imports for French Usage
Pricing of Various Braids Based Upon Fashion Dictated Popularity and Scarcity
(From $3 to $500! Remember this is 1877!)
Use of "Silk Cores" in False Braids
Contents: Section V
Social-Cultural-Historical Tale on the Value of a Lady's Crowning Glory, Proper Coiffing and Catching "that Man's" Attentions
A Delightful Read on Feminine Wiles within Victorian Social Norms and Constraints
Contents: Section VI
The Human Hair:
Its History, in Connection with Fashion, from the Earliest Ages of the World
References to Various Historical and Cultural Sources and Personages,including:
Petronius, Eumolpus, Eneolpius, Gito, Lycas, Milesiacks, Venus, Greeks, Romans, Ossian, Dis, Boadicea, Queen of Iceni, Britons, Gauls
Pre 12th Century European Hair Laws
Pierre Lombard, Bishop of Paris
Jewish, Grecian and Roman Ladies Hair Ornamentation
Hair Perfumery & Powdered Gold Dust by Ladies and Roman Royalty in Athens and Jerusalem
Including Emperor Gallienus, Commodus, Nero, Hosephus, Petronius, Circe, Anacreon, Bathyllus, Petrarch, Ariosto
Long and Short Hair Styles for Men, Women, Youths, Children and Slavesof:
Rome, Freedmen, Knights, Jewish Kings, Absalom, Spartans, Indians of Tancuylabo
Socio-cultural Ramifications and Meanings of Loss of Hair among the:
Gauls, Eumolpus, Petronius, Eneolpius, Women, Martial
("...estimated among the ancients as the greatest misfortune that could befall them...")
Bizarre Baldness Treatments
Grief Based Hair Behaviors
Achilles, Iliad, Patroclus, Sappho, Bion's Idyllium, Adonis, The Scriptures, Herodotus, Mardonius, Plutarch, Alexander the Great, Hephestion
Presenting Your Hair to Others to Prove Your Esteem
Clovis, Bishop St. Germier
Religion Based Sacrifice of Hair
Cutting Someone's Hair as Punishment
Criminals, Greek Adulteresses, Roman Slaves
Coloring of the Hair and Colors Favored by Various Nationalities
Gauls, French Tripolitans, Turks
Hesse Hair Coloring Soap
Greeks and Romans, Anacreon, Bathyllus, Ovid, Horace
Black, Yellow, Chestnut and Myrrh Colors
Religious Sanctions Against It
"Book of Fate"
8 "Judgments to be drawn from the hair according to substance and color"
The ladies of earlier times put their hands to such marvelous work and now you can too! These are beautiful items and sure to delight you and yours! The instructions are based within the perimeters of the Victorian grammatical and socialization culture. For those who have some experience with that era's verbal and text style the instructions should be clear and easy to follow. The experience hair worker will be capable of altering as per individual needs and artistic whim.
Theitemyou will receive is representative of the types of fancywork expertise of earlier feminine American culture! If you're into nostalgia like I am you will have many hours of enjoyment making & recreating the antique Hairwork jewelry items for yourself or others dear to your heart just the way your great-great-grandmothers did!
You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come. This information has been scannedat a high resolution and electronically revamped to provide you with the very best hardcopy reproduction. Unlike other reproduction sellers this is NOT a cheap, grainy photocopy! Our Spiral Bound Republication has so many more advantagesover the original book.
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Curious about the quality of this item? Please contact me and I will forward an image for your own personal inspection!You will appreciate the attention we have taken in providing you with a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that will be use for many years to come...
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