Old metal curling tongs or hair iron. Usa/England (?) The first half of the 20th century.
Made of metal with wooden handles.
A hair iron or hair tong is a tool used to change the structure of the hair using heat. There are three general kinds: curling irons, used to make the hair curly, straightening irons, commonly called straighteners or flat irons, used to straighten the hair, and crimping irons, used to create crimps of the desired size in the hair.
In 1866, Hiram Maxim (1840 1916) applied for and obtained the first of many patents at age 26 for a hair curling iron. He also has a machine gun bearing his name.Four years later, two Frenchmen, Maurice Lentheric and Marcel Grateau, used hot-air drying and heated curling tongs to make long-lasting Marcel waves. Twenty years later, Alexandre F. Godefroy, a French hairdresser, invented the hair dryer, composed of a bonnet attached to a flexible chimney that extended to a gas stove.
Approx. image size 29, 4 x 4/29, 4 x 1, 4 cm.