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Culture:English
Title:pinching iron
Date Made:late 18th-early 19th century
Type:Toilet Article
Materials:base metal: iron
Place Made:United Kingdom; England
Measurements:overall: 9 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.; 24.765 x 6.6675 cm
Accession Number:  HD 55.107
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Edgar Meade

Description:
Iron pinching iron with two heavy round tips and two loop handles, one larger than the other. James Steven Cox describes them as "iron with circular flat-faced ends, which heated are pressed together by means of the handles scissor-fashion to pinch ringlets and shapes into the hair" and notes that pinching irons were also called curl-paper irons in the 18th century. Frank Barnes in his "Hooks, Rings & Other Things" illustrates similar English forms which he describes as being used to fashion wigs, make spit curls around the face, or shape moustache ends.

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