Crossmended Wig Curlers- Ferry Farm, VA

Ferry Farm Wig Curlers

Excerpt- Before our crossmending could commence, the curlers had to be washedcataloged, and labeled. Then, all of the labeled curler fragments could be compared and evaluated for crossmending. Previous analysis revealed that the assemblage included nine different sizes. Most of our curlers are smaller diameter, especially sizes one and two (for shorter hair/narrow width curls). Within each size, width and even length varied: they were not manufactured in a standardized way. This was the eighteenth century, after all.

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