American or European

Object Place: U.S.A. or Europe


Height x width x depth : 2.1 x 7.5 x 9.5 cm (13/16 x 2 15/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, glass, and hair

Not On View


Americas, Europe, Jewelry


Bracelets and armlets

This hinged gold bracelet of hollow tubing has a hanging ball-shaped locket attached by a jump ring to a stationary band that goes around the tube. Inside the hinged locket there is a rotating ball with four compartments which contain braided hair under a crystal cover: inscribed FATHER, MOTHER, GEORGE, ROBERT. Donor’s grandfather was George Billings of Boston. Also inscribed on rotating ball is RCB TO HMW, 1864. It has a safety chain and a tongue in groove clasp. Good condition.


Mrs. Joseph A. (Frieda Gerlach Billings) Cushman (b. 1880 – d. 1966), Sharon, MA; 1964, gift of Cushman to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 13, 1964)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Joseph A. Cushman