1854-1862 · Philadelphia
Philadelphia: Memorys Leaves - Moss and Brothers, 1854-1862. Love and Friendship, Memory Album, Hair TokenA birthday gift from my dear Mother - Friendship's memorials are treasured here. A name a sentiment, a lock of hair. Will oft remind me of the friends so dear. as time shall waft along each fleeting year. Fond ""Memory's Leaves"" the token still shall wear. Verona.A uniquely constructed album - the friends signed the album and presented a lock of hair and Verona created little works of art using snippets from elaborate linen labels and the hair then appropriately applied to the page. Predominantly from 1854-1857. There are 54 autographs with 41 including a lock or plait of hair. The most elaborate being 6 x 5 inch oval label with eight (8) double rows of signatures and interwoven hair of those signing above and below the line. There are two (2) autographs on one page from a husband and wife with two (2) locks of hair. A few with little watercolor adornments. Additionally, at a later date Verona added penciled note below some of signatures indicating who the person married. The signers were from various locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Appleton WI, Galena IL, Bangor ME, Hartford CT and Lansing IA. The first two pages in the album are full page - one from her mother, the bearer of the album and her father. Finally their is an autograph from her future husband, but alas his hair is lacking... Approximately half of the pages are used in the album.Gilt stamped album with engraving of a group of women on the title page and wistful woman on the frontispiece captioned Anticipation. Five (5) engraved plates throughout featuring women. 9 1/2"" x 7 3/4"". Verona A Houghton born about 1839Spouse: William O Currier Married April 7, 1857Mother: Verona KFather: Horatio W Houghton Back strip partially lacking. Front cover detached. Wear from handling. A few pieces of hair are lacking leaving a toned shadow in their place.
(Inventory #: 27000333)