04-23-2012, 11:11 AM
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I posted this previously in the Haul section, but I don't think many saw it there. I just received them, and I think they're beautiful brushes, especially the Duke and the Harvard.
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 04-23-2012, 11:16 AM
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  • Brent
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Wow. Great looking brushes!

That harvard is huge! I've been going back and forth between a H3/H4 or PJ2. Still haven't decided - I'm looking for a longer handled, dense brush. Even though the handle doesn't do much for me - I may go to the Colonel. Those PJ/Harvard handles are really attractive though. Just can't decide if it's worth the extra $$$.

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 04-23-2012, 11:21 AM
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These aren't current production, are they?

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 04-23-2012, 11:22 AM
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I really like the looks of the slender PJs and voluptuous Harvards, but for shaving I actually prefer the Colonel because of its ridge.

(04-23-2012, 11:21 AM)cvac Wrote: These aren't current production, are they?

No, these are all Somerset era brushes.

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 04-23-2012, 11:24 AM
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  • tgutc
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Those are beautiful! What is the somerset era?

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 04-23-2012, 11:26 AM
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John-

They ARE great looking brushes. Thanks for sharing!.

MaxP

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 04-23-2012, 11:36 AM
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(04-23-2012, 11:24 AM)tgutc Wrote: Those are beautiful! What is the somerset era?

Gary Young of the Simpson brush family has provided some history:

2008-Present Owned by Progress Vulfix, Isle of Man
1990-2008 Owned by David Carter/Francis Woodhouse, based in Ilminster, Somerset (~5 mi. from Nimmer). Included Coates Fitzwilliam brushes.
1941-1990 Based at Nimmer Mills, Nimmer, near Chard, Somerset. Bought Coates company 1941.
1899-1941 Just off Barking Road, Plaistow, Upton Park. Then moved to Clapham. Moved to Nimmer Mills when Clapham was bombed.
(official start 1919)

Somerset is the county in England where the brushes were made for many years. Some people include brushes of the Carter/Woodhouse years (1990-2008) in the definition of Somerset brushes, while others include only brushes made by the Simpson family, prior to 1991.

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 04-23-2012, 11:38 AM
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  • Johnny
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John, no doubt you have added some beautiful brushes to your already great Simpsons collection.

Well done sir.

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 04-23-2012, 11:48 AM
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(04-23-2012, 11:36 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(04-23-2012, 11:24 AM)tgutc Wrote: Those are beautiful! What is the somerset era?

Gary Young of the Simpson brush family has provided some history:

2008-Present Owned by Progress Vulfix, Isle of Man
1990-2008 Owned by David Carter/Francis Woodhouse, based in Ilminster, Somerset (~5 mi. from Nimmer). Included Coates Fitzwilliam brushes.
1941-1990 Based at Nimmer Mills, Nimmer, near Chard, Somerset. Bought Coates company 1941.
1899-1941 Just off Barking Road, Plaistow, Upton Park. Then moved to Clapham. Moved to Nimmer Mills when Clapham was bombed.
(official start 1919)

Somerset is the county in England where the brushes were made for many years. Some people include brushes of the Carter/Woodhouse years (1990-2008) in the definition of Somerset brushes, while others include only brushes made by the Simpson family, prior to 1991.

Thanks for the info, this helped me too. Other than telling you that it's from a specific era, is there a way to tell that a brush is from that era? I noticed Jarrod at Superior Shave has identified some of his stock as Somerset and don't know if that's all done by color of the handle.

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 04-23-2012, 11:52 AM
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(04-23-2012, 11:11 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I posted this previously in the Haul section, but I don't think many saw it there. I just received them, and I think they're beautiful brushes, especially the Duke and the Harvard.

Hi John

Beautiful brushes, but I'm afraid my wife is right, I shouldn't frequent The Shave Nook Smiley_1140

Due to this post and now your post I've had to add a Duke 3 to my Simpsons shaving brush wish list...

Take care, Mike

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 04-23-2012, 11:53 AM
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(04-23-2012, 11:48 AM)Brent Wrote: Thanks for the info, this helped me too. Other than telling you that it's from a specific era, is there a way to tell that a brush is from that era? I noticed Jarrod at Superior Shave has identified some of his stock as Somerset and don't know if that's all done by color of the handle.

Somerset brushes generally have lampblacked lettering, while newer brushes have engraved letters. Some, but not all, of the Somerset era handles have a pinkish color. I believe the handles at SS come from the original stock of that era but have their lettering subsequently engraved, and of course the hair is newer.

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 04-23-2012, 03:27 PM
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WOW! Lovely brushes! Enjoy them in good health! Shy

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 04-23-2012, 03:58 PM
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You have a wonderful set of Simpson brushes there.

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