Hair Bracelet

Yellow gold and hair

Date:  1839-1849


2011.06.10 Gift from Lattie Noel Brown

Hair work bracelet with yellow gold filled box clasp.  This rectangular clasp measures approximately 20.59 millimeters wide by approximately 17.73 millimeters tall.  The center is decorated with a double flower and leaf motif and framed in blue glass enamel and a band of hand engraved antheniam leaves.  Completing the clasp and flanking it are two hollow plaques, also gold filled, framed in blue glass enamel measuring approximately 20.60 millimeters each at the top and tapering to approximately 17 millimeters at the ends where they meet and contain 7 separate coils of woven hair.  The flower motif is repeated here. 


The entire clasp measures approximately 39 millimeters closed and approximately 6.2 millimeters thick. The entire bracelet measures approximately 7 inches or 17 centimeters open. The center of the clasp is hand engraved, in script, on the back, “A. Franklin.”


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk