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Object Name BRACELET
Catalog Number 0985.07.00054
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
Owned Jefferson Davis
Made hair of Varina Banks Howell Davis
Provenance 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.
People Davis, Jefferson
Davis, Varina Banks Howell [Mrs. Jefferson]
Howell, Varina Banks
Subjects hair
mourning (tentative)