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Box for Barrister's Wig

Origin: Ireland
OL: 5" x OW: 3 ½" x OH: 10"
Painted tin
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2008-118,B
Painted tin box with hinged lid and handle at the top. Black with gold banding and lettering reading W. H. GRIFFITH ESQre. The box has an interior stand to hold a barrister's wig of grey hair, (see 2008-118,A).
Label:W. H. Griffith Esquire, whose name is painted on the wig box, was Walter Hussey Griffith of Ireland. He was born in 1794 and became a barrister in 1817. He was still practicing in Dublin in 1850, when he appeared in the city directory with an office at 13 Clare Street. His son Walter Downes Griffith also became a barrister, as did his grandson, named Walter Hussey Griffith after his grandfather.