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wig 1954.979/3

Object Name: wig & bag

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1780-1790

Accession Number: 1954.979/3
Location on Display: Gallery of Costume - 1F - The Age of Elegance
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • horsehair
  • net
  • silk
  • satin
  • linen
  • twilled

Wig made from bleached horse hair mane. The hair comprises of loops which are braided into "strings" or cords which run in parallel rows of which are attached to a fine diamond-pane silk sheet. The lining comprises another layer of coarser silk net. The hair is on a foundation of net and fawn twilled silk ribbon with a short spring in the centre of the back edge. Shaped in a peak over forehead and short curls framing side of face. Rest of hair is long and straight, tied into small black satin bag with ribbon bow.
Bag is made from black silk, lined with black linen. Rectangularly shaped with drawstring (missing) at top. Side seams open to halfway down. One side of each bag trimmed towards top with large made-up black silk ribbon bow.
Belonged to Thomas Carill-Worsley, 1739 - 1808, lived at Platt Hall, 1764 - 1808


Type: Length (hair)
Height: 43.2 cm

Type: Length (bag)
Height: 25.4
Width: 19.1