Watches and Hair Plaits in the 1840s
Newspaper clip from the Maysville Eagle, December 26, 1846 - Apparently after being robbed, D.S. Hudson of Maysville Kentucky announced that he would focus solely on repairing watches and jewelry. His wife, on the other hand, would preserve the hair customers brought her by making it into bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewelry. The custom of keeping family member's hair as a keepsake was widespread in the 1800s.