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The Dictionary of Fashion History

Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

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  • Love lock

Love lock

Dictionary entry

Page: 124

(M, sometimes F)

Period: 1590s onwards.

A long lock of hair, usually curled, turned forward from the nape of the neck so as to fall over the chest in front, particularly associated with royalists during the reign of Charles I (1625–1649) but the term was applied to other versions. “Lovelocks as the sailors term the curls they wear on their temples” (1840, F. Marryat, Poor Jack).