Re: Identity Crisis!

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Looks like other tool fans have been wondering about this sort of tool too: http://toolmonger.com/2011/07/22/questionmonger-what-is-this-tool/

From the answers, it appears to be a pinching iron for curling wigs. It would be heated on a stove. The Round area is for retaining heat, and the hair is straightened or curled between the flat portions. As a wig making tool, it would need to be fairly delicate, and the extended finger guards would allow it to be operated easily with one hand.

Here is an image from the wigmaker’s shop at Williamsburg showing a nearly identical tool:
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