Q: My father's great aunts made this hair wreath and it has been passed down over generations. It's in really great condition and has been in a closet for the last 65 years. It's in a case about 38 inches high by 25 inches wide by 5 inches deep. Can you tell me if it has any value and where I could sell it?
A: Hair wreaths were popular during the late 1800s. They were made from the hair of family members or of deceased relatives. Sometimes a professional weaver was hired to make one. Mourning wreaths were made with the opening at the top, pointing up to heaven. Hair from the most recently deceased relative was often arranged in the center, surrounded by the wreath. It remained there for the period of mourning or until the next relative died. Then it was woven into the wreath and the next relative's hair was placed in the middle. Your wreath has two bunches of hair in the center, some blond and some dark, woven into grape clusters, so we think they were made from the hair of two deceased relatives. An antique hair wreath in excellent condition sells for $300 to $500 today.