Victorian Mourning Bracelet

Victorian Woven Human Hair Rose Gold Bracelet

Antique 1800s Victorian English Mourning Bracelet, Woven Braided Hair Work With Enamel Charm, FCB The Knights of Pythias Fraternal Lodge Memorabilia, Afterlife Religious Jewelry, Dark Gothic Life After Death Jewelry, Real Hair And Rose Gold Filled Chain Bracelet, Antique Watch Chain, Hand Woven Brown Human Hair, Victorian Handmade Hair Jewelry, Watch Fob Woven Jewelry, Made In England, Antique Fashion Accessories, Memorium Mourning Jewelry

Length 9.25" inches 23.4 cm / Width 8 mm / Weight 14 grams / All measurements are approximate

Antique 1860s Victorian mourning bracelet/watch chain, made with woven human hair. This unique piece features an enamel charm and etched Rose Gold clasp and decorations. The clasp is signed. We are not sure if it is made with pure gold or gold wash. This bracelet was made as a personal memorabilia from a living person to his lover, husband or relative also alive; being ironical the fact that after some years or decades, this kind of hair art become a true testament and relic from deceased family members. The craftsmanship is perfect and astonishing. 
In a very good vintage condition!

The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and secret society founded in Washington, D.C., on 19 February 1864. The Knights of Pythias is the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress. It was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, who had been inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias. This legend illustrates the ideals of loyalty, honor, and friendship that are the center of the order. 
Early in the group's history, when a man was inducted into the Knights of Pythias, he received a ceremonial sword. Such a sword might be given to a Pythian by family members, business associates, or others as a token of esteem. In recent decades, rather than require each member to own a sword, the local chapter maintains a collection of swords for use by its members. Long, narrow swords are generally used in public during parades and drills, while short swords are used in displays.

Markings on swords varied widely. Most swords were inscribed with the acronym "FCB" which stands for the Pythian motto "Friendship, Charity, Benevolence". Images on swords were also somewhat common, and included: A man, woman, and child, being the child symbolic of Pythias saying goodbye to his family; a man looking out of a building, with a group of people below symbolic of Damon's pending execution; a man between some pillars, pulling them down similar to Samson destroying his enemy's temple; or various types of weapons like swords, axes, hammers. A full Knight of the Pythian order often inscribed his sword with the image of a knight's helmet with a lion on the crest. Many also carried the image of a sprig of myrtle, the Pythian symbol of love; or a falcon the Pythian symbol of vigilance.


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