Legal wigs were originally devised to provide anonymity. But unlike a genuine barrister’s wig made of horsehair, this knitted-wool version was likely worn in jest or as part of a costume. The wearer attended Lincoln’s Inn – one of four Inns of Court in London – where members attended qualifying sessions before being called to the bar.

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How was this wig incorporated into the activities of the Inns of Court?

responded: Aug 29, 2010

Posted by The Booblehutch

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Originally, in english courtrooms, wigs would be work to disguise the identity of the judge passing sentench on the unfortunates who were brought in front of him. This knitted woolen one however was more likely work by the Booblehutch, the youngest trainee lawyer within the court at the time. He could be called at any time by a qualified lawyer by inciting the words: Booblehutch come hither! or by making a series of whooping noises.

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