Locks of hair taken from friends and loved ones were an important element of Mary Shelley’s sanctum at Boscombe Manor, following Mary Shelley’s own practice in collecting and preserving them. This elaborate case contains (mounted in the trademark gold gilt of the sanctum) locks of hair taken from six of Shelley’s friends: Lord Byron (1822); Leigh Hunt (1817); Byron’s mistress Teresa Guiccioli (no date); the Greek independence fighter Alexander Mavrocordato (1820); Edward John Trelawny (1822); Edward Williams (1821); and the Irish poet Thomas Moore (no date).
~* Troll cross - The troll cross is an amulet made of a circle of iron crossed at the bottom (possibly in the shape of an odal rune), a charm worn by early Scandinavian peoples as a protection against trolls and elves. Iron and crosses were both believed to ward off evil creatures. *~