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Shadow box, Antebellum keepsake
Shadow box, Antebellum keepsake
Resource Typeimage
TitleShadow box, Antebellum keepsake
Coverage / Year1830 to 1860; Antebellum Springfield, IL
DescriptionDeep oval shadow box, containing flower arrangement made from human hair. Rectangular box is set into oval frame, with small gilt band with carving and high-molded ridge in center. Frame and outside of box painted black, back unfinished, inside of box lined with yellow material. Part of the flower arrangement is crocheted, and the rest is plain hair. L 15" x H 4" x W 13".
InterpretationAn example of human hair art, common during the Antebellum/Victorian era. It was the mark of a well-bred lady to be able to weave or crochet hair into something pretty or useful.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourcePurchased from Rock House Antiques, Galena, IL
Subject / KeywordsLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Decorative art; Antebellum; Victorian; Keepsake; Hair
Collection PublisherLincoln Home National Historic Site
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierLIHO 706
CONTENTdm file name9316151262003_706.jpg
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