Locket with Daguerreotype Portrait of Man and Lock of Hair

Made:
1855-01-05
maker:
Unknown

A hand-coloured daguerreotype portrait of a man, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1850 and encased in a gold locket. The exterior of the gold locket includes an intricate engraving of flowers and leaves, and the dedication 'FCB to EMB, Jan'y 5th 1855'. The locket also contains a lock of hair, presumably belonging to FCB, encased within the inside of locket cover. The head and shoulders portrait of a formally dressed man is hand tinted, the background a light blue.

A hand-coloured photographic portrait of a man, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1850 and encased in a gold locket.

The exterior of the gold locket includes an intricate engraving of flowers and leaves, and the dedication 'FCB to EMB, Jan'y 5th 1855'. The locket also contains a lock of hair, presumably belonging to FCB, encased within the inside of locket cover.

Photographic jewellery became popular in the early days of photography as a decorative and personal way to display pictures of loved ones.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1990-5036/6051
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), gold (metal), human hair, silver plated
type:
locket
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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