Market Lavington Museum

A wig maker’s hook

This item looks horribly like a dentist’s probe but if you think it is, then you are at the wrong end of the head. This is a wig maker’s hook

Wig maker's hook at Market Lavington Museum

Wig maker’s hook at Market Lavington Museum

We know very little about this item. We do not know its age or who used it in this parish. All we know is that hooks of this kind were used to pull hair through the base mesh of a wig.

It has been in the museum since 1985 – when the museum opened and it was a gift from the collection of Peggy Gye.

Similar tools can still be obtained today for the process, which for some reason is known as ventilating a wig. Is this because you are giving them some ‘air?