Lot 1048
  • 1048

GEORGE WASHINGTON: AMERICAN GOLD MOURNING PIN, CIRCA 1799

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 USD
Sold
47,500 USD
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Description

  • GOLD, HAIR
Enclosing six strands of hair stated to be George Washington's, in a chased gold surround, apparently unmarked. Together with envelope and paper packet: "Gen Washington's hair from Bettie G Webb / Given to her by Mr. Hamilton, to whom it was left by his mother, to whom it was sent by Lady Washington."

Provenance

Martha Washington (1731-1802);
to Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (1757-1854);
to Col. James A. Hamilton (1788-1878);
to Miss B.G. Webb;
to Dr. J.C. Morris;
and by descent in the Morris family;
Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, November 14, 2009, lot 408.

Exhibited

Museum of Mourning Art, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Catalogue Note

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens requested a loan of the brooch in November, 2009 to display in a case devoted to the commemoration of George Washington.

Another lock of Washington's hair descended in a different family, sold Alexander Autographs, Stamford, Connecticut, May 13, 2009, lot 408.

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