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Object ID # 1959.017.001ab
Object Name Hairwork
Title Glass-domed Hairwork Ornament
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date pre-1860
Artist Earley (Early), Annabel Janet
Made Hairwork: Annabel J. Earley (Mrs. William Earley)
Place of Origin Ontario
Description Glass-domed hairwork ornament, 19th-c, pre-1860. The ornament is a composition of hairwork on wire forms. One form is that of a tree. Its base is covered by spiral wire that is covered with hair. Placed on the tree are flowers with four to six petals each. The petals are made of hair, while the centers are made with coloured beadwork. There is a wooden stick support, which is affixed to the wooden base. The wooden base is oval in shape, with a sloping top surface, a recess for the dome to sit on, and four flat, circular turned feet, that were glued on. The blown glass dome is oval-shaped at its base.
Makers mark None on the piece (home-made hairwork)
Provenance The Victorian hairwork ornament was hand-made by Annabel Janet Early [Earley] (nee Miller), before 1860. There is no maker's mark on the stand or blown glass dome to identify where they were made.

Annabel Janet Earley, a widow, arrived in Owen Sound in 1872, along with her children, Florence and William. They came from Norval, Canada West (Ontario) and her husband had been William Earley. Annabel Janet Earley's maiden name was Miller. She was a sister of John and William Miller, early residents of Owen Sound. Her son, William Earley [1863-1906] became an Owen Sound doctor in the 1890s. Her daughter married Allan Kilbourn Bishop in 1888.

Annabel J. Earley is listed in the 1901 Census of Owen Sound. Her birthdate is given as May 8, 1833, and she was a Presbyterian. She died in 1915. She was a temperance woman, involved with the efforts in the town of Owen Sound to close down drinking establishments and reduce drunkeness.
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Wood/Glass/Wire/Hair/Bead
Dimensions H-13.78 W-12.992 L-8.465 inches
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Earley, Annabel J.
Subjects Hair
Folk art
Function A victorian ornament suitable for a parlour area. It would sit on a parlour table or a mantel piece.