This is a thoroughly charming glimpse into the past through the eyes of a girl or woman who kept a hair diary of her family.
While the book itself is very plain in appearance, we are simply captivated by the tresses with cut fabric embellishments that lie within.
Upon opening to the first page we find entwined locks bound to the page by a heart cut out of blue polished cotton that belong to “ Mrs. Mary Bailey”
On its second page, we find a bit more elaborate hair configuration firmly held to the page by a bright yellow polished cotton heart entitled “Mifs Abigail S Bailey”. (See photos)
The entire Bailey family collection of locks, as well as a page of three that were left untitled follows this page. The last 2 pages contain very plain baby locks of hair belonging to Willie and Sidney Scolls. There are 10 pages in all.
It is still bound by its original multicolored silk ribbon, which is tattered at the edged but still remains strong enough to hold the book together.
This wondrous glimpse into the past measures a mere 4 by 4 inches.
The condition is excellent with no rip or torn pages. It was found in New England and dates to the mid 19th C.
Single hair mementos are still pretty easy to find. It a collection like this that is a true prize!