Macabre jewelry rooted in human hair

Macabre jewelry rooted in human hair

  This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a collection of jewelry made from human hair. While we might consider it macabre today, the wearing of hair jewelry in Victorian society was accepted and embraced as a physical reminder of death. Museum collections today contain necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, lockets, brooches and even wreaths. The use of …

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Friendship quilts: One historic way to keep loved ones stitched together

Friendship quilts: One historic way to keep loved ones stitched together

These quilt blocks were constructed from patterns traced onto an 1854 newspaper and cut by the friends of a young woman named Sally Jane Vanartsdalen, sometime before her marriage in the 1860s. Sally Jane grew up on Playwicky Farm in Bucks County, and her quilt blocks were donated in 1970 by a member of the …

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