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Mystery Object #2

These are very clever mobile hair curlers with their own heating system! Paraffin was poured into the circular well, the wick was lit and the curling tongs were put on top of the device to heat up and curl the hair. The first hair curler made its appearance in 1872 but this set with its own heater is probably later.

If you have anything similar at home pls send us photos or better still bring your items along to our Gosport Heritage Open Days Volunteer event this Friday at 6pm at Gosport Museum and Art Gallery and have a chat with our team!
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