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From: "lesleyabernethy" <>
Subject: Re: [YKS] occupation - Cloth dresser
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 08:10:41 +0100
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> Or perhaps working with horse hair stuffing for household
> Chippendale was born in Otley.............
Hairdresser - Written as Hair-dresser with a hyphen, in 'A Second Letter to
Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire 1777', and in the eighteenth century a
hair-dresser was a trade description of a person who offered the service of
hair dressing, but not necessarily of hair cutting. In the Georgian and
Victorian period it was usual to designate the services offered e.g. ' S
Hicks of Angel St, Cardiff, Perfumer, Ladies' and Gentlemen's Hair Cutter,
Dresser and ornamental Hair Manufacturer'

(from: An Illustrated Dictionary of Hairdressing and Wigmaking by James
Stevens Cox 1989)

Horsehair (according to the above book) was, and still is, used for legal
wigs, and is now imported from Japan for the purpose.

Kind regards,

Lesley Abernethy
in cool, damp Kelso

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