Chicago Antiques Guide

The Chicago Antiques Guide Blog

Royal Bayreuth Rose Tapestry Hair Receiver

Posted Sunday, February 19 by Brian

I inherited this from my Great Aunt Lil. It's beautiful and I love it, but I've always been puzzled about the hole in the lid. What is it for? Does it have more than sentimental value? Thanks for your help, Char
Rose Tapestry Hair.jpg

Royal Bayreuth mark.jpg Your piece is called a hair receiver. Victorian ladies would make jewelry and other small items, like watch fobs, from braided hair. To accumulate enough hair to work with, they would take the hair that they removed from their brushes and combs and put it into a hair receiver. So the hole allowed them to put the hair in, without having to remove the lid. Hair receivers were usually part of a larger dresser set that could include a matching powder jar, tray, hat pin holder, pin tray and scent bottle(s). I've seen dresser sets with as many as 12 pieces, though most only have 4 to 6 pieces.

The pattern of your Royal Bayreuth hair receiver is called "Rose Tapestry". Royal Bayreuth made several patterns of tapestry ware, as did other companies, but Rose Tapestry is the one most often found, in a myriad of shapes.

I enhanced your photo of the mark to show the texture that gives it the name "Tapestry". The texture was created by using actual cloth in the firing of the porcelain.

Hair receivers and pin trays are some of the more common pieces. Yours is worth about $200-$250.

Leave a comment

Weblog Archives