|Mary E. Love, d. 1865. Alabama Dept. of Archives and History|
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Material(s) gold, hair
Dimensions H-2 W-1 inches
Description This is a pair of earrings made of human hair and gold fittings. They are for pierced ears. The earrings have a metal hook for placing in the ear that is attached to the body of the earrings by a gold cap. The is a ball made of woven hair below the cap with another gold cap on the bottom of the ball. There is a gold pin that goes from the top cap, through the ball to the base cap. Dangling from the ball is a circle made of gold on top and woven hair on the bottom. There appears to be a design engraved on the gold pieces of the circle. Inside the circle is another ball of hair. There is a gold pin that goes from the top of the circle through the ball and into the base of the circle. Hanging from the base of the circle are three oblong woven hair pieces that are capped on the top and bottom with gold. They are attached to the circle with tiny gold rings.
Notes This pair of earrings belonged to the donor’s great-great-grandmother, Nancy Catherine Ringold Browning. She was born on November 9, 1839 and died on January 15, 1914. Although she was born in Indiana she lived in Middletown (Jefferson County), Kentucky as did her descendents. She gave the earrings to her daughter, Viola Browning Hite who in turn gave them to her daughter, Clara Hite Weatherby. Mrs. Weatherby, the donor’s grandmother gave them to her.
The donor does not know when the earrings were created or who they memorialize.
Jane Ward Collection
Kentucky Historical Society