Keeping a lock of a loved one’s hair may seem like a slightly strange thing to do, however in the 18th and 19th centuries it was considered quite fashionable. It was as common as is carrying around a photo today, the difference being that a lock of hair cannot be reproduced which means that any locks of historical figures are sure to hold considerable value.
In June this year a lock of Lord Horatio Nelson’s hair was auctioned for £2,500 in Lincolnshire. It was sold to a private buyer and had previously belonged to a woman from Worksop in Nottinghamshire whose family was connected with Nelson.
The hair, which has been carefully encased in a brooch, was thought to have been cut from Lord Nelson’s head after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Craig Bewick, of auctioneers Brown & Co, said: “Nelson’s hair was cut off the day after his death, before preservation of the body in a barrel of brandy for transportation home to England, a state funeral and a burial in St Paul’s Cathedral”.
It was also recently reported by the BBC that a lock of Mary Queen of Scots’ hair is to go on display at a Stonyhurst college, a 16th century former manor house in Lancashire. Along with some other historical pieces, the hair will be on display during August.
If the idea of someone treasuring your locks after you’ve departed this life is appealing and you are concerned about how much hair will be left in your later years, then you may want to look into hair loss treatments. Minoxidil and Propecia have been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively. They have been shown to successfully tackle hair loss in men and hair loss in women.
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