Glossary – Welsh Comb

Thomas Law Hodges, c. 1794-1795

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, a Welsh comb dates from 1796 and means using your thumb and four fingers to comb your hair.

Considering most men had doffed their wigs by the mid 1790s and were sporting their own hair, which was often long, it would have been difficult not to run your fingers through your own hair… but why blame the Welsh?

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