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    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:30 PM EDT

    It wasn't until I began selling vintage that I even knew what these were. Then I came across one as part of a set when closing out a relatives house and felt really clever that I knew what it was for!

    Saving hair, that's what life was like back in the day. You saved everything because you never knew if it could be used for something in the future.

    They can be beautifully ornate and look like a piece of art or have a plain and simple design .... here are some great images....



    Here is the definition:

    A hair receiver is a small pot, with a hole in the lid, kept on the dressing table in the Victorian era to store hair removed from brushes and combs. The hair was recycled in a number of ways—notably for stuffing small bags, called ratts, used to bulk out women's hairstyles.

    Human hair was also used for stuffing pincushions and small furnishing cushions.

    It was often paired with a matching trinket box or a powder jar or as part of a dressing table set, made mainly from porcelain, though glass, metal, and celluloid were also used.

    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:31 PM EDT

    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:32 PM EDT

    I love that this hair receiver looks like a flower!


    image from Pinterest

    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:34 PM EDT

    Limoge vanity set sold on Ebay.

    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:36 PM EDT

    Faux Tortoise Shell Hair Receiver sold on Etsy


    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:38 PM EDT

    Footed Hair Receiver

    Image via Ruby Lane via Pinterest

    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:51 PM EDT

    Love this marigold glass receiver!


    fron Pinterest

    • 187 posts
    June 22, 2016 9:56 PM EDT

    Nice Collection

    image via Dusty Old Thing Pinterest board.



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    • 70 posts
    June 23, 2016 9:25 AM EDT

    What a gorgeous collection.  

    • 187 posts
    March 28, 2017 3:45 AM EDT

    I love it too!