[x - xi // All credit for concepts of wand use origins to thepostmodernpottercompendium, a splendid and imaginative blog, and lovely regular contributor essayofthoughts.]
Agent Pegasus Field Notes: March 11th, 2001 
Authorities on Wandlore are divided on the subject of early wand use and regulation. The late, celebrated wandmaker Gregorovitch was an advocate of the theory, widely disputed in academic circles, that wands were originally devised as a sanction to be imposed upon powerful wixen lawbreakers.
English historians are prone to finding all sorts of ways of attributing significant magical inventions and milestones to British wixen. However, there is some evidence to suggest that, despite outlandish claims by one Abraxas Malfoy in the mid-twentieth century, wandlore may have its roots in early magical prison colonies under the Roman empire, rather than the work of a few enterprising wixen craftsmen.
There is some consensus among scholars that the era of classical antiquity coincides with a final period wherein the last vestiges of what is now termed “old magic” was routinely practiced. In light of what little is understood about the sheer scope of power involved in the invocation of old magic, Gregorovitch leads a small but adamant group of amateur historians in contending that wands were introduced to detention camps so as to punish and limit the most grievous offenders. Given the idea that untempered magic could be wielded in a more complex and powerful fashion when the wix was given free rein, it is possible that forcing an offender to channel their magic through an artifact such as a primitive wand was intended to temper the subject’s destructive capabilities.
Avenues of wandlore concerning the focusing/simplifying symbiotic connection between a wix and their conductive instrument of choice (the choice, we understand, being the wand’s and not the wix’s) ought to be investigated in conjunction with casefile Rosewater, which appears to be preoccupied with a recent proliferation in magical mishaps and catastrophes. Possibly, the wixen public is recalling subject Emperor’s recent public assertions that wand allegiances can be changed, and people are beginning to mistrust their wands.
 Addendum by Agent Price on April 17th: Unsanctioned Material, Pending Review.