Lock of hair of Ludwig van Beethoven

Collection Data

A lock of grey hair. Mounted in a jewel-encrusted case with a glass covering. Accompanied by unsigned and undated attestation as well as a smaller note dated April 1875 and signed by Frau Friederike Theile.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 (Contributor)
Theile, Friederike (Former owner)
Beethoven Association (New York, N.Y.) (Former owner)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1827 (Inferred)
Library locations
Music Division
Shelf locator: Music Division - Beethoven's hair
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Relics
Biographical/historical: Taking a lock of hair as a keepsake in memory of those who died was not uncommon in the 19th century. Shortly after Beethoven's death on March 26, 1827, many visitors took a clipping of the composer's hair so that by the time of his funeral on March 29, most of his hair had been removed. (Information from Beethoven's hair (New York: Broadway Books, 2000) / Russell Martin.)
Ownership: Presumably the lock of hair was owned by the Beethoven Association which, upon its dissolution in 1940, donated it with other materials to the New York Public Library.
Physical Description
Extent: Approximately 30 strands + 2 notes ; 17.7 x 23 cm, 8.8 x 13 cm
Type of Resource
Three dimensional object
RLIN/OCLC: 1078701538
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21706307
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bd4f3d90-e5d2-0136-9dac-6d97dc2fd4eb
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