Locket of George Washington's hair, ca. 1850

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Locket of George Washington's hair, ca. 1850

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This lock of George Washington's hair was given by Martha Washington to Miss Eliza Wadsworth on April 5, 1800. In 1850, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had the hair encased in this gold locket with an inscription about its provenance.

The inscription reads: Washington's hair given by Mrs. Washington to Miss Eliza Wadsworth April 5th 1800 Henry W. Longfellow 1850."

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About This Item

  • Title: Locket of George Washington's hair, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: gold, hair, glass
  • Dimensions: 5 cm x 4 cm
  • Local Code: A85-932
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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