Hair bags were made of black silk satin to bag the tail of a man's hair. Usually a bow of many styles was placed at the center back opening. A narrower ribbon was inserted to tie the hair bag closed around the hair. It kept the back of the coat clean of hair powder. Gentleman wore hair bags but also house servants, coachman and livery from at least as early as the 1740s up to the 1780s (coachman and livery continued to wear hair bags up to the 1820s). For example in The Proceedings of the Old Bailey in 1756 some money was stolen and some of it "was in a hair bag".
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 15 June, 2020.