Privateer Hector Barbossa wearing a powdered wig.

"Jack, our sands be all but run. Where's the harm in joining the winning side? And you do meet a nicer class of person."
"I understand everything...Except that wig.
Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

A wig was a head of hair made from horsehair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair, or synthetic materials which was worn on the head for fashion, for representing strength, power, and status or for men to cover their baldness. The word wig is short for "periwig" and first appeared in the English language around 1675.



Weatherby Swann wears a wig.

"Mr. Swann."
"Governor Swann, still. Do you think I wear this wig to keep my head warm?
Carruthers and Weatherby Swann[src]

During the 18th century, a powdered wig was a sign of high social standing[1], and was worn by many a loyal servant to the King of England, most notably George Augustus. Loyal servants include the Harbormaster and Governor Weatherby Swann.[2] Though his wig made his head hot and itchy, Swann felt undressed without it.[3] While serving as a privateer, the former pirate Hector Barbossa wore a powdered wig, which Jack Sparrow would made fun of throughout the quest for the Fountain of Youth.[4] Even officers of the British Royal Navy and East India Trading Company wore wigs, like James Norrington, Theodore Groves, Gillette, and Cutler Beckett.

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