Mourning Pendant for Sir W. F. Bau (front) Mourning Pendant for Sir W. F. Bau (rear)

Mourning Pendant for Sir W. F. Bau 1697. Crystal, gild thread, hair. Private collection. This pendant of the Stuart Crystal type displays on the front (left) a meticulously woven mat of the hair of the deceased and his cypher in gold thread. In the pre-Victorian period, the ornament always included the details of the deceased, and here the verso (right) records his name, date of death, and age; in this case Sir W. F. Bau died on the 27th of November 1697 age 62.

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