|Description||Woven egg-shaped hair beads in a double row attached to a center row of beaded brass diamond-shaped pieces.|
|Dimensions||W-1 L-7 inches|
|Made||hair of Varina Banks Howell Davis|
Bracelet made for Jefferson Davis from the hair of his wife, Varina Davis. [It is not a mourning bracelet, as previously thought; the inaccurate history was that it was made from Jefferson Davis's hair for Varina following his death.]
"A hair-bracelet, a little chain, made by President Davis out of Mrs. Davis' hair..." (accession ledger)
Collections staff doubts that Jefferson Davis made this bracelet himself.
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks