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Wig belonging to former Lichfield MP to go up for auction

A wig that once belonged to a Lichfield MP is expected to fetch around £250 at auction.

The wig that belonged to a former Lichfield MP

The wig that belonged to a former Lichfield MP

The early 19th Century court wig belonged to Sir George Hanson, who represented Lichfield from 1806 to 1841.

He was also the commander of a British cavalry brigade under the Duke of Wellington.

His wig, still in its original case bearing the owners initials, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in March.

Charles Hanson, who made the find, said: “We found the wig when we were unpacking boxes from various clients.

“A black, oval, gilded box, inscribed G H Anson Esq, was spotted and within it was the judge’s wig with the name on the inside.

“History tells us that Sir George Anson was a British officer and politician from the Anson family. He commanded a British cavalry brigade under the Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War.

“Aside from his military career, he sat as Whig Member of Parliament for Lichfield from 1806 to 1841 and was also the Groom of the Bedchamber to Prince Albert from 1836 to September 1841.”

The barrister’s wig is made of horsehair, dates to circa 1800 and has an estimate of £150 to £250.

“The wig has survived remarkably well,” said Mr Hanson. “Provenance is what makes objects valuable and this wig has tremendous Staffordshire heritage.

“Thanks to Sir George and his descendants, the Anson name is held in high regard in Lichfield and beyond. Hereditary titles held by the Anson family include the earldom of Lichfield and there is an Anson law firm which has offices in Lichfield and other parts of the Midlands.”

The wig will be sold in Hansons Spring Fine Art Auction on March 26.

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2 Comments

  1. Nodge

    25th January, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder if a wig from the current MP will ever have the same fate.

  2. Asellus aquaticus

    26th January, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    We were all thinking it…