Following the end of his presidency and prior to his departure from Philadelphia, George and Martha Washington paid a visit to the Secretary of the Treasury, Oliver Wolcott and his wife, Elizabeth. Washington had appointed Wolcott in 1795, and the two men shared many professional and personal ties. The intimacy of their relationship is exemplified by this locket containing a lock of Washington's hair, said to have been cut by Martha during their visit and presented to Elizabeth as a "memorial to the General." It was likely set soon after to be worn as a testament of their mutual affection. More





Gold, copper, glass, ivory, paper, human hair


Overall: 2 3/4 in. x 1 5/8 in. x 7/16 in. (6.99 cm x 4.14 cm x 1.12 cm)


Bequest of George Gibbs V, 1940

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