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Locket with Lock of Robert Browning's Hair,
Gold and moonstone locket holding human hair
1.5 x 1.5 cm (9/16 x 9/16 in.)
In addition to collecting manuscripts and books belonging to favorite writers, Isabella Stewart Gardner acquired other evocative mementos. The inscriptions upon the locket indicate that she designed it to hold the poet’s hair. As an avid reader of contemporary poetry, Gardner admired Browning’s work and displayed this keepsake in the Long Gallery alongside other objects associated with major British authors.