Label

This double-sided locket was presented to Martha "Markie" Custis Williams by her uncle George Washington Parke Custis and his wife, Mary Custis Lee, with whom she enjoyed a close relationship. It harbors a small lock of George Washington's hair and a silk fragment with a history of having come from a Hessian flag seized at the Battle of Trenton. This token of affection no doubt served to remind Markie of her family's connection to the success of the Revolution and the making of the American nation.

Description

Lock of hair and fragment of flag set in an oval gold, double-faced, pendant mounted locket; the exterior of the case lids feature a central boss surrounded with engine turned decoration; front case lid opens to reveal a thin bezel holding a beveled glass cover protecting a small silk fragment of a flag resting on a bed of unidentified textile in the front locket, the rear case lid opens to reveal a thin bezel holding a beveled glass cover protecting a circle of hair resting on a bed of unidentified textile; the locket hangs from a circular foliate engraved pendant loop at top.

Date

c. 1827-1853


Geography


Material/Technique

Gold, glass, silk, human hair


Dimensions

Overall: 1 1/4 in. x 5/8 in. x 1/4 in. (3.1 cm x 1.62 cm x 0.64 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of John Peirpont Morgan, 1938


Object Number

W-944


Colors (Beta)


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