Tuesday, March 3, 2009


During the Victorian Period, the hair receiver was commonly found on a woman’s vanity. After brushing her hair, she would remove the hair from the brush and place it through the opening of the receiver for storage.

Once enough hair had accumulated, it could be used to construct hats, or could be woven or plaited and put into lockets, left visible through cut-glass windows of a brooch or even made into watch chains, bracelets or jewelry. Hair receivers were usually made from ceramic, bronze or crystal. Hand-painted ceramic receivers are commonly found in antique stores.

The mourning brooch was a common piece of jewelry used to preserve the locks of a loved one. This brooch was made in the form of the Prince of Wales' feathers, embellished with seed pearls and gold thread.



It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero

The hair is the richest ornament of women. ~Martin Luther

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

Violet will be a good color for hair at just about the same time that brunette becomes a good color for flowers. ~Fran Lebowitz

Hair is vitally personal to children. They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality. ~Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy. ~George Bancroft

I have been meaning to leave a comment about your hair postings on your creatively beautiful blog.
Truly I enjoyed reading each of them and the images so pretty. Thanks for all your hard work researching this subject and the time it took typing them up. So cool to find out this info. Love the vintage hair postcards.
Hope your feeling wonderful and all is swell with family & loved one's :)
I so appreciate you take time to always leave me comments & for checking out my blogs.

Mica said...

yes, this is very interesting indeed. When we took our fieldtrip to a victorian house last week there was a beautiful piece of art hanging in a shadow type frame...it was wire and womans hair. It was gorgeous. I took a picture and will post about it and link that picture to your post. Hugs, Mica

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