New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: One way to say "I love you"


June 7, 2021

This particular piece of hairwork was prepared by using Joyce Martin's hair prior to her marriage to Edgar P. Mattson in 1925. Donated by daughter Merry K. Turner in 1984.

The art of hairwork is far more intricate than you might imagine. The Eddy County Museum holds two unique specimens of this craft. Both were created as a symbol of love and devotion from a wife to her husband.  

Throughout the Victorian Era, hairworks were popular tokens to signify affection, and came in the form of intricate mementos. Hair was formed into bracelets, brooches, earrings, rings...

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