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Hair Wreath with Key and Pattern

Artist/Maker:
Fries, Lisetta Vogler
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1863
Medium:
hair –ink on paper
Dimensions:
LOA 11 1/2; WOA 10
Accession Number:
361
Description:
The wreath includes hair from Francis Fries, his wife Lisetta, their children, Frances’s parents and his siblings. Hair wreaths were often made as memorials after someone had died. It is likely that Lisetta Fries made this hair wreath in her husband Frances’s memory after his death in 1863. The handwriting identifying the hair closely matches the handwriting in a ledger of household expenses kept by Lisetta. The pattern and key on the back of this hair wreath identifies the family members from whom the hair for the wreath was taken.
History:
RELATED NAME: Fries family
Credit Line:
Gift of the children of Mrs. James A. Gray