An image of iron curling tongs on a dressing table. Surrounding it are gloves, cuticle items, bobby pins and more.
Curler in the Servant's Quarters

Country of Origin: likely the United States of America
Year: ca. 1910s
Materials: Metal 

Hair care and fashion has always been important to people. For women, haircare has included changing styles and implements meant to assist in styling. This a curler from the 1910s. To use the curler, the nose would be stuck into a fire or on a stove until they got hot. To cool them down, the user would hold one of the handles and flick the item which would spin and cool the curler down to a suitable temperature. Ladies would then use them to create ringlets or waves. Eventually, curlers like these were replaced by electric ones which had a sleeve and would plug into the wall.