Willow Mourning Pendant

A tear drop shaped necklace with a willow tree on the inside. The willow tree is made of hair. This necklace is sitting on a white lace doily on top of a wooden table.
A willow tree mourning pendant from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Canada
Year: ca. 1900
Materials: Metal, paper, glass, and hair 

Willow trees were symbols of mourning in the Victorian Era, associated with a verse from Psalms, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.” –Psalms 137:1

The Victorians used the symbol of a willow in their mourning practices, putting images of willows on graves, and in mourning jewelry. This piece uses hair to form the leaves of the willow tree. This pendant belonged to one of the Harris Family.