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Object Name LOCKET
Catalog Number 0985.13.00680
Description Gold locket with a lock of blonde-white hair. Etched on the face in black letters: "LOCK / OF / GENERAL / R.E. LEE'S / HAIR / LEXINGTON VA. / OCTOBER / 1870." A pendant fob is still attached.
Material hair (human) ; metal
Dimensions H-1.25 inches
Owned Henry G. Smythe
Provenance A gold locket containing a lock of Robert E. Lee's hair, owned by Henry Gerald Smythe of London, England. The hair may have been taken from Lee at the time of his death and burial, as the locket is engraved with the date and year of his death and burial (October 1870).
People Lee, Robert E.
Smythe, Henry G.
Subjects hair
jewelry
mourning
Funeral rites & ceremonies
Burials