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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 52a

Wig Stand

1780-1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Stands were used to hold wigs or hats in shape while they were not being worn. Some stands had a fixed, rounded top. Others, like this one, came in two parts which could slot together or come apart to be packed for travelling.

Ownership & Use
Wigs were an essential part of a man's wardrobe for most of the 18th century. A wealthy man might own five or six wigs in different styles, which could be restyled and set by the wigmaker or barber. The majority of men had their head shaved under the wig.

Time
At the time this stand was made, the fashion for wigs was starting to decline. Young men were beginning to 'wear their own hair'. However, for older men and those in conservative occupations, such as lawyers, doctors and clergymen, wigs continued to be worn into the 19th century.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Mahogany
Dimensions
  • Height: 40.6cm
  • Width: 16.5cm
  • Depth: 16.5cm
Dimensions checked: Registered Description; 31/01/1998 by MH
Credit line
Given by Mrs M. Gann
Object history
England
Summary
Object Type
Stands were used to hold wigs or hats in shape while they were not being worn. Some stands had a fixed, rounded top. Others, like this one, came in two parts which could slot together or come apart to be packed for travelling.

Ownership & Use
Wigs were an essential part of a man's wardrobe for most of the 18th century. A wealthy man might own five or six wigs in different styles, which could be restyled and set by the wigmaker or barber. The majority of men had their head shaved under the wig.

Time
At the time this stand was made, the fashion for wigs was starting to decline. Young men were beginning to 'wear their own hair'. However, for older men and those in conservative occupations, such as lawyers, doctors and clergymen, wigs continued to be worn into the 19th century.
Collection
Accession Number
W.22-1939

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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