07-06-2013, 10:58 AM
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I've been lucky enough to add 13 butterscotch brushes to my den over the past year, including several 50yr+ old Simpsons and Kents. I know many of you own a great more number than 13 but I was wondering what the average number of brushes is in the den of those that collect the beautiful "Butterscotch" ?

So how many do you have, how long has it taken to establish your collection and why did you start collecting butterscotch in the first place ?

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 07-06-2013, 11:32 AM
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(07-06-2013, 10:58 AM)Markh58 Wrote: I've been lucky enough to add 13 butterscotch brushes to my den over the past year, including several 50yr+ old Simpsons and Kents. I know many of you own a great more number than 13 but I was wondering what the average number of brushes is in the den of those that collect the beautiful "Butterscotch" ?

So how many do you have, how long has it taken to establish your collection and why did you start collecting butterscotch in the first place ?

I only have these butterscotch in my collection Blush

Rudy Vey Beehive Butterscotch w. Shavemac D01 3-band 25 mm fan shaped knot

Morris & Forndran Butterscotch Stubby XL Blonde Badger 2-Band hybrid shaped knot

Simpson Duke 3 Manchurian Butterscotch

Simpson Chubby 2 Manchurian Butterscotch

Vie Long Beehive Butterscotch 3-Band Silvertip 25 mm in Short loft.

I plan on getting a Simpson Rover Butterscotch Manchurian in the near future and maybe another Morris & Forndran Butterscotch in 3XL Cool

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 07-06-2013, 12:08 PM
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Um, slightly more than 13... Wink

The first brush is an early Bajer, the company name prior to Simpson, from early 20th century.

Old Bakelite/Catalin brushes have a deeper, richer patina which can't quite be copied nowadays.

Gary

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 07-06-2013, 01:08 PM
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Wow, three posts and no pics! i can't believe it! Are you lads just teasing those of us who don't have any?! Biggrin

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 07-06-2013, 01:34 PM
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All of you asking for pics, here you go, enjoy....!

[Image: 9223818337_d91fbac4f7_b.jpg]

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 07-06-2013, 04:02 PM
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I should have included a listing description, so...

Back row L/R: Stag B-4565 (Rexall Drug) / Hoffritz 424 / Simpsons #27 / Hoffritz 1346 / Redleaf (Rooney ?) / Simpsons Keyhole 2 / Fuldex (Simpsons) / Kent V-10
Front row L/R: Simpsons #84 / Hoffritz Barrel (Kent ?) / Klenzo B-985 / Culmak / Rudy Vey

Thanks for the attention to my collection but what I'm interested in hearing is what the average number of brushes is in the den of those that collect the beautiful "Butterscotch" ?

So how many do you have, how long has it taken to establish your collection and why did you start collecting butterscotch in the first place ?

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 07-06-2013, 04:31 PM
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(07-06-2013, 04:02 PM)Markh58 Wrote: I should have included a listing description, so...

Back row L/R: Stag B-4565 (Rexall Drug) / Hoffritz 424 / Simpsons #27 / Hoffritz 1346 / Redleaf (Rooney ?) / Simpsons Keyhole 2 / Fuldex (Simpsons) / Kent V-10
Front row L/R: Simpsons #84 / Hoffritz Barrel (Kent ?) / Klenzo B-985 / Culmak / Rudy Vey

Thanks for the attention to my collection but what I'm interested in hearing is what the average number of brushes is in the den of those that collect the beautiful "Butterscotch" ?

So how many do you have, how long has it taken to establish your collection and why did you start collecting butterscotch in the first place ?

I currently own 62-64 brushes, 5 of those are Butterscotch.
I started buying my first brush in 1998, used it sparingly for 8 years, sold it, then bought my second in 2011 September, used that as my sole brush for half a year before I bought a Simpson Duke 2 Best in early 2012. Then I bought another one 1-2 months later and from then on I started to collect brushes.

I like to have a few butterscotch in my collection because I like the color....

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 07-06-2013, 04:31 PM
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(07-06-2013, 01:34 PM)Markh58 Wrote: All of you asking for pics, here you go, enjoy....!

[Image: 9223818337_d91fbac4f7_b.jpg]

Those are simply beautiful, especially the darker 1346, Barrel and Culmak. I don't care what anyone says or how much time and engineering goes into creating a better "scotch" color..nothing beats true, aged Catalin for richness and character.

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 07-06-2013, 04:49 PM
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Well, it is very interesting to see a large contingent of brushes that I have either fully restored or reknotted in one bunch.

Here are the ones in Mark's photo that I had a hand in:

Stag B-4565
Hoffritz 424
Hoffritz 1346
Redleaf (Rooney ?)
Simpsons Keyhole 2
Hoffritz Barrel (Kent ?)
Klenzo B-985
Rudy Vey

I want to first thank Mark for allowing me the opportunity to work with him on these great brushes. Now for my collection.

It is interesting that I had only one partial butterscotch before Mark asked me to start the restoration / reknotting process. That was a Rubberset 153 that I had for a long time. After that came three other brushes in rapid succession, and one was also a partial butterscotch. All of those brushes were Made Rites. All of the brushes were 1950s vintage.

Now one more was brought into my group and I have Mark to thank for it.
I have been waiting for an appropriate time to thank him publicly for the gift of a NIB Kent V7 brush. Mark, I just want to thank you for the beautiful gift my friend. So in this photo it takes center stage.

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Again Mark, thank you very much!

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 07-06-2013, 05:05 PM
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You are most welcomed and most deserving my friend. Very pleased to hear how much it means to you.

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 07-06-2013, 05:26 PM
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Probably the brush I miss the most is that big ole Kent on the right. But that hoffritz next to the red leaf is very nice too. Ill try and get some pics of mine up tomorrow.

The main reason that started my butterscotch obsession is that it took many decades to develop the butterscotch colors. IMO there is nothing more vintage than a deeply colored butterscotch brush. I have had probably close to 100 butterscotch brushes to through my hands, most I have restored but I like to keep the original knot if possible. I got my collection down to my 10(?) favorites with some help from Mark. Smile


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 07-06-2013, 09:02 PM
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(07-06-2013, 05:26 PM)hig789 Wrote: The main reason that started my butterscotch obsession is that it took many decades to develop the butterscotch colors. IMO there is nothing more vintage than a deeply colored butterscotch brush.

Ditto, I didn't understand the obsession until I got my first genuine butterscotch brush in hand, it was all downhill from there. I currently have 8 butterscotch brushes in rotation with another half dozen or so waiting to be restored.

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 07-06-2013, 09:07 PM
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(07-06-2013, 09:02 PM)blzrfn Wrote:
(07-06-2013, 05:26 PM)hig789 Wrote: The main reason that started my butterscotch obsession is that it took many decades to develop the butterscotch colors. IMO there is nothing more vintage than a deeply colored butterscotch brush.

Ditto, I didn't understand the obsession until I got my first genuine butterscotch brush in hand, it was all downhill from there. I currently have 8 butterscotch brushes in rotation with another half dozen or so waiting to be restored.

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I understand completely. Lol what's the second from the right in the bottom pic. Looks like a very nice handle shape.


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 07-06-2013, 10:54 PM
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Thank you, gents, for the pics of those fascinating brushes!Biggrin

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 07-07-2013, 12:20 AM
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(07-06-2013, 01:34 PM)Markh58 Wrote: All of you asking for pics, here you go, enjoy....!

[Image: 9223818337_d91fbac4f7_b.jpg]

That is one beautiful collection of Butterscotch brushes you have there....

My eyes are drawn to three of them, Back row the Stag B-4565 & Redleaf. Front row Hoffritz barrel.

Although I do not own very many butterscotch brushes, with these old Catalin brushes it is the deep rich colour and varying degrees of supple colour changes that I like.

Even with to-days technology.... you cannot replicate what time does so very well. As can be seen in you photographs the degree of yellowing (butterscotch) none of these age the same. Which to me is fascinating too see this ageing process.

Thank you for sharing.

Charles U.K

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 07-07-2013, 03:52 AM
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(07-06-2013, 09:02 PM)blzrfn Wrote:
(07-06-2013, 05:26 PM)hig789 Wrote: The main reason that started my butterscotch obsession is that it took many decades to develop the butterscotch colors. IMO there is nothing more vintage than a deeply colored butterscotch brush.

Ditto, I didn't understand the obsession until I got my first genuine butterscotch brush in hand, it was all downhill from there. I currently have 8 butterscotch brushes in rotation with another half dozen or so waiting to be restored.

[Image: ECEaJQv.jpg]
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OMG, Just when I thought I'd had enough... those are gorgeous. The bottom photo - 1st one on the right has great character.

If you wouldn't mind I love it if you'd give us a listing of each one. (please)

(07-07-2013, 12:20 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote:
(07-06-2013, 01:34 PM)Markh58 Wrote: All of you asking for pics, here you go, enjoy....!

[Image: 9223818337_d91fbac4f7_b.jpg]

That is one beautiful collection of Butterscotch brushes you have there....

My eyes are drawn to three of them, Back row the Stag B-4565 & Redleaf. Front row Hoffritz barrel.

Although I do not own very many butterscotch brushes, with these old Catalin brushes it is the deep rich colour and varying degrees of supple colour changes that I like.

Even with to-days technology.... you cannot replicate what time does so very well. As can be seen in you photographs the degree of yellowing (butterscotch) none of these age the same. Which to me is fascinating too see this ageing process.

Thank you for sharing.

Charles U.K
You are spot on Charles, each one is unique and beautiful in it's coloring, they really are individual pieces of art.
BTW I'd love to see your collection as well.

(07-06-2013, 12:08 PM)Gary Young Wrote: Um, slightly more than 13... Wink

The first brush is an early Bajer, the company name prior to Simpson, from early 20th century.

Old Bakelite/Catalin brushes have a deeper, richer patina which can't quite be copied nowadays.

Gary

Thanks for chiming in, I'd (we'd) love to see a pic of the Bajer and any others you'd care to post... PLEASE Smile

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 07-07-2013, 07:45 AM
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(07-06-2013, 01:34 PM)Markh58 Wrote: All of you asking for pics, here you go, enjoy....!

[Image: 9223818337_d91fbac4f7_b.jpg]

The whites on that Kent are Outrageous! Love it!

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 07-07-2013, 11:12 AM
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(07-07-2013, 03:52 AM)Markh58 Wrote:
(07-06-2013, 09:02 PM)blzrfn Wrote:
(07-06-2013, 05:26 PM)hig789 Wrote: The main reason that started my butterscotch obsession is that it took many decades to develop the butterscotch colors. IMO there is nothing more vintage than a deeply colored butterscotch brush.

Ditto, I didn't understand the obsession until I got my first genuine butterscotch brush in hand, it was all downhill from there. I currently have 8 butterscotch brushes in rotation with another half dozen or so waiting to be restored.

[Image: ECEaJQv.jpg]
[Image: Pr6wFR0.jpg]

OMG, Just when I thought I'd had enough... those are gorgeous. The bottom photo - 1st one on the right has great character.

If you wouldn't mind I love it if you'd give us a listing of each one. (please)

(07-07-2013, 12:20 AM)whatmorebrushs Wrote:
(07-06-2013, 01:34 PM)Markh58 Wrote: All of you asking for pics, here you go, enjoy....!

[Image: 9223818337_d91fbac4f7_b.jpg]

That is one beautiful collection of Butterscotch brushes you have there....

My eyes are drawn to three of them, Back row the Stag B-4565 & Redleaf. Front row Hoffritz barrel.

Although I do not own very many butterscotch brushes, with these old Catalin brushes it is the deep rich colour and varying degrees of supple colour changes that I like.

Even with to-days technology.... you cannot replicate what time does so very well. As can be seen in you photographs the degree of yellowing (butterscotch) none of these age the same. Which to me is fascinating too see this ageing process.

Thank you for sharing.

Charles U.K
You are spot on Charles, each one is unique and beautiful in it's coloring, they really are individual pieces of art.
BTW I'd love to see your collection as well.

(07-06-2013, 12:08 PM)Gary Young Wrote: Um, slightly more than 13... Wink

The first brush is an early Bajer, the company name prior to Simpson, from early 20th century.

Old Bakelite/Catalin brushes have a deeper, richer patina which can't quite be copied nowadays.

Gary

Thanks for chiming in, I'd (we'd) love to see a pic of the Bajer and any others you'd care to post... PLEASE Smile

No pics of any Bajer brushes I'm afraid. They are definitely too treasured and unique to have new copies made!

Gary

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 07-07-2013, 04:32 PM
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As promised here's my collection. I have slimed it down considerably, but I'd be hard pressed to let any of these go. My favorite is either the Army and Navy Store Tulip or the Hoffritz Chubby 2.

Hoffritz Barrel
Hoffritz Case - original best knot
Culmak 30 - original pure knot
Simpson 88 - original pure knot
Army and Navy Store Tulip 5 - TGN best
MF 46 - original best knot
MF 1 - original pure knot
Simpson 2 - TGN finest
Hoffritz 424 - original pure knot
Hoffritz 102 Chubby - original best knot
BAC 3

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 07-07-2013, 06:34 PM
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(07-07-2013, 04:32 PM)hig789 Wrote: As promised here's my collection. I have slimed it down considerably, but I'd be hard pressed to let any of these go. My favorite is either the Army and Navy Store Tulip or the Hoffritz Chubby 2.

Hoffritz Barrel
Hoffritz Case - original best knot
Culmak 30 - original pure knot
Simpson 88 - original pure knot
Army and Navy Store Tulip 5 - TGN best
MF 46 - original best knot
MF 1 - original pure knot
Simpson 2 - TGN finest
Hoffritz 424 - original pure knot
Hoffritz 102 Chubby - original best knot
BAC 3

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Matt,

Thanks a ton for the pics, OMG you really have saved the best for yourself (duh). I'm drooling over the MF-46 / Simpsons 2 / Hoffritz 102 Chubby... ridiculously sweet..!

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