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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

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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