Martha Jefferson’s watch with a lock of her hair to go under the hammer

Not everyone can profess their undying love like an artist or a king can. And just like the Taj Mahal every piece of such unconditional love becomes an institution in its own right. While you can’t really own the Taj Mahal, you certainly can pick up a rare souvenir which the well-regarded American president Thomas Jefferson gifted to his beloved wife who died at the tender age of 33. During its Americana Week 2010 sale in New York, Christie’s will put under the hammer this rare memento which is a watch key with a lock of Jefferson’s’ wife’s hair.

The face of the watch key has Martha Jefferson’s birth and death dates engraved, while the reverse side features a case through which the braided lock of hair can be seen. The timeless timepiece is touted to fetch anything between $40,000 and $80,000.
The other items on auction include a scrimshaw whale tooth from a 19th century whaleship inscribed with a poem to the sailor’s sweetheart Amelia, and a monumental silver pitcher handmade by Paul Revere. The former is said to fetch $30,000 to $50,000, while the latter is valued to get at least $200,000 to $300,000.