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    19th-Century Hair Jewelry Collection

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $6,000

    Appraised on: July 15, 2000

    Appraised in: Sacramento, California

    Appraised by: Gloria Lieberman

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Unique Antiques (#1120)

    Originally Aired: November 19, 2007

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    Form: Magazine, Advertisement, Brooch
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $6,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:31)


    Appraised By:

    Gloria Lieberman

    Skinner, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: When you came to my table, I just couldn't believe the extent of this collection of hair jewelry and hair memorabilia. You have here, really, the birth almost of the industry...

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: ...from the pattern-making, which I have never seen patterns, and actually books that tell you exactly how many strands of hair you need to make the bracelets.

    GUEST: That's right.

    APPRAISER: I mean, that alone is a great find, and then this great book on hair culture, which I would love to read. But what I love is over here. These are magazines from the 1860s printed in Philadelphia. It's called “Peterson's.” I call it the Martha Stewart of the 1860s.

    GUEST: (laughs)

    APPRAISER: You can learn how to make lace, bake a cake, and this shows wonderful hair jewelry. And this card here shows what I call works in progress. You've got different patterns of hair, different colors and styles that are not done yet. This is a long, 54-inch--

    GUEST: 54 inches, yes.

    APPRAISER: --strand of different samples--

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: --of the kind of weavings that you can do. This is one of my favorites. It's a photograph of "how do you dry your long hair?" and she clipped it on a clothesline. I think it's absolutely charming. And this brooch, showing a swivel, where two pieces--

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: --and examples of hair plating are shown. Even down to this Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer -- it's an advertising card. And the Sutherland Sisters, the soap that they would use and advertise, and here is a photograph of the seven sisters actually showing them with clean hair. They actually appeared in the circuses, we believe. But the one I love the best is the photograph of you, looking, letting your hair down--

    GUEST: Letting my hair down, yeah.

    APPRAISER: --and just showing how beautiful your hair is, and you did tell me you did not cut it since you were 13.

    GUEST: No, I haven't cut it. Well, I've trimmed the bottom a foot or two once in a while.

    APPRAISER: I guess everything comes down to dollars and cents.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: It's very difficult to evaluate this collection. It's so interesting, it's so extensive, but if I had to guess—a museum might want to own it-- between $4,000 and $6,000.

    GUEST: You're kidding.

    APPRAISER: Yes. Can you believe that for hair?

    GUEST: I am surprised, I am surprised.

    APPRAISER: Well, I'm not and I'm thrilled. Thanks for coming to the ROADSHOW.

    GUEST: Thank you very much.

    APPRAISER: You're welcome.

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