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    Sale 5746

    The Roger Warner Collection - Part II

    20 - 21 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 534

    A FULL-BOTTOMED WIG OF BLACK CURLED HORSE HAIR

    POSSIBLY CIRCA 1660

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    A FULL-BOTTOMED WIG OF BLACK CURLED HORSE HAIR
    POSSIBLY CIRCA 1660
    With typed paper label 'Wig worn by man who died 1664, it was found in the original linen bag containing his initials, one of the earliest wigs in existance', in a later japanned tin wig-box, labelled 'SEWARD BRICE Esq.', enclosing a cotton wig cage
    The wig-box - 23 in. (58.5 cm.) high


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    It is difficult to be precise in dating early wigs as there are few datable 17th century wigs with which to make comparisons. A wig made of human hair worn by The Reverend Alexander Peden, a covenanter, now in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, is dated circa 1660 and published in Perukes and Periwigs, Janet Arnold, p.28-9.
    The construction appears to be similar to that noted by Jean-Baptiste Thiers, circa 1690, on page 31 of his Treatise on Wigmaking. He describes a linen cap with net interior, with horsehair sewn onto the linen cap. There are ear pieces attached, known as 'corners'.

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