c1960 Original Lock of Hair belonging to the Countess of Paris

£300.00




This is a chance to own an original memento, namely a lock of hair, from Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Countess of Paris, with claims to both the French and Brazilian royal crowns.
The lock was in the collection of Alexandre of Paris, one of the world’s greatest hairdressers, who included amongst his customers famous actors, members of royal families and the leaders of nations. The Countess of Paris was a customer of Alexandre. They became friends and Alexandre mentions her in his memoirs ‘Sous le Casque d’Alexandre’, as a woman of impeccable style and bearing. The lock of hair is enclosed in a heart shaped clear resin block, with the typewriter printed title: Madame La Comtesse de PARIS. The label is imbedded inside the resin, so cannot have been added later. The lock is about 7.5 cm (3 inches) long and is a dark brown colour. The heart shaped plaque is in very good condition and is part of a collection of encased locks of hair from illustrious people in the 1960s, that we are also listing for sale. The item comes with a hair fashion drawing signed by Alexandre.
Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza (Isabelle Marie Amélie Louise Victoire Thérèse Jeanne, 1911-2003) was the consort of the Orléanist pretender to the French throne, Henri, Count of Paris, and the daughter of Pedro de Alcântara, Prince of Grão-Pará, pretender to the throne of the Empire of Brazil.
Size: 13 x 11 x 0.6 (5 1/8 x 4 3/8 x ¼ inches)
Weight: 62g