A Wig Scratcher - 1 Royal Crescent

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A Wig Scratcher - 1 Royal Crescent

A small ivory hand on the end of a long slender stick this was used to relieve the irritation caused by the numerous fleas infesting the elaborate wigs worn by fashionable 18th century women. The wigs were built up over wire foundations and padded out with false hair to reach fantastic heights, vermin were attracted by the powder and pomatum used and caused tremendous itching reachable only by the wig scratcher.

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