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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