Mourning Bracelet


Mourning Bracelet


Mourning bracelet made of twisted gold wire, copper pearl, and the hair of Priscilla Christian Bullitt. Inscribed with the initials of Bullitt (P.C.B.), who was the daughter of William Christian and Annie Henry Christian, major landowners, enslavers, and operators of salt works in Kentucky. In 1785, Priscilla married Alexander Scott Bullitt at the age of fifteen. Her father William gave the couple 1,000 acres of land as a wedding present. Part of this land was sold and additional land purchased, which became Oxmoor Plantation. She gave birth to four children between 1786 and 1793, and the family lived in a four-room wooden house.



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