Friday, February 19, 2010

Locks of Hair


Tendrils of the hair of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette are entwined together in a ring that the Queen gave to her children's governess, Madame de Tourzel.

HERE is a beautiful tribute to Louis XVI. Share

8 comments:

Matterhorn said...

Thank you for the link- and it is quite touching to see those locks of hair!

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, it is, I am moved every time I look at the picture!

tubbs said...

We may not have photos of this couple, but we do have some photo-realism in their later portraits.

Seeing these ringlets was...I can't put it into words...well, Matterhorn said it best - 'touching'

Living down here in the Peroxide Belt --- Seeing natural flaxen-colored hair is nice too.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

It's better than diamonds!

Catherine Delors said...

These rings with locks of hair were extremely popular as sentimental keepsakes in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. We are discussing them on Janeite lists in connection with Sense & Sensibility. Do you mind if I link to this, Elena? This is a particularly fine example.

elena maria vidal said...

Much better, E. and more precious, too.

Please do, Catherine, and thank you for the helpful comment!

elena maria vidal said...

Tubbs, I am moved by all the gray hairs.

Aron said...

Wow...I, too, am strangely touched seeing this sweet and beautiful relic...
It is a bit...different...to think that I was echoing an old idea back in the day without realizing it.(When my grandmother died in 2006 I was at her bedside, brushing her hair and holding her hand. A few strands came away in my hand, but, knowing what was coming, I could not bear to throw them away. Afterward, I had them set in a locket that I almost always wear under my shirt next to my heart. Obviously not in the shower or wrestling, at the gym, ect.) Such a wonderful memento of MA and Louis for someone! <><