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Roman calamistrum (curler)

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The Roman Calamistrum or curling irons were used since the 1st century AD. Around this period, curly hair was fashionable and slaves who were trained to use the calamistrum were called calamistrae. This calamistrum is based on several fragments of 4th century originals. Unfortunately, a complete calamistrum has never been excavated.

These curling irons are completely functional. The curling irons have to be slightly heated with charcoal, a candle or hot water. Subsequently, the hair can be twisted around one side of the irons and squeezed with the other side. Basically, it works just like 19th century curling irons.

This calamistrum is approx. 11 cm long and completely handmade of bronze. Please be careful: bronze conducts heat.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

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