01-13-2014, 12:30 PM
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While browsing for some shaving brush history, I came across The Old'e English Shaving Shop.

From what I gathered, there used to be some kind of old connection to Rooney, but on the other hand I noticed The Giant Pipkins which definitely looks like an M7 in tortoise (even the sticker strikingly resembles the Simpson one).

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Does anyone know more about these brushes and/or this brand?

Cheers.

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 01-13-2014, 02:55 PM
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They're probably a shop/brand that outsourced the production to other factories.

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 01-13-2014, 03:10 PM
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Oooh! That is a lovely, lovely looking handle! Biggrin

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 01-13-2014, 03:20 PM
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since 1762 - in cape town.

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 01-15-2014, 05:29 PM
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The handle, knot and sticker all scream Simpson. I too think this is a Simpson brush sold under a different brand name, made of course by Simpson.

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 01-16-2014, 09:06 AM
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(01-15-2014, 05:29 PM)cessnabird Wrote: The handle, knot and sticker all scream Simpson. I too think this is a Simpson brush sold under a different brand name, made of course by Simpson.


That's exactly what I thought, I just wanted to see if anyone knew this brush, and had perhaps tried it. Rolleyes

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 01-16-2014, 10:45 AM
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(01-13-2014, 03:20 PM)tonsorius Wrote: since 1762 - in cape town.

Jan van Riebeeck established the first permanent European settlement there in 1652.

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 01-16-2014, 12:09 PM
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That's 100% a Simpsons brush, and they have even produced the sticker but just put the retailers name on it instead of their own.

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 01-16-2014, 01:07 PM
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(01-16-2014, 10:45 AM)Rufus Wrote:
(01-13-2014, 03:20 PM)tonsorius Wrote: since 1762 - in cape town.

Jan van Riebeeck established the first permanent European settlement there in 1652.

yes? Confused

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 01-16-2014, 04:38 PM
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Yes, but what I find odd is that the website implies in-house brushmakers, which is deceptive if they are indeed made by Simpsons.

"We hand-make all our products, with a range of hand-crafted shaving brushes...."

There is no denying that it is a beautiful brush, brushmaker notwithstanding.

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 01-16-2014, 05:21 PM
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(01-16-2014, 04:38 PM)Crag Wrote: Yes, but what I find odd is that the website implies in-house brushmakers, which is deceptive if they are indeed made by Simpsons.

"We hand-make all our products, with a range of hand-crafted shaving brushes...."

There is no denying that it is a beautiful brush, brushmaker notwithstanding.


I saw that also, it is very misleading, as it just looks too much like a Simpson to be anything else.

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 01-16-2014, 05:38 PM
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I came across that site last summer when I was trying to run down Rooney and did some pokin' around. There's some kind of a connection to Rooney but I never found out what.

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 01-16-2014, 05:50 PM
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Their Albert...

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Looks similar to TOBS...

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Or Vulfix...

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I included TOBS, because look at the branding on another of their brushes ("St James London")...

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Anyway, here is the alleged story behind the Pipkin brush according to Bob Lansdowne...

"In the years 1870 - 1892 The City of London Brushmakers, like many other brush makers in England, would outsourse the making of their brushes by employing 'home workers' or 'outworkers' as they were called.

These 'home workers' would collect the various items needed to make brushes from our brush making company and take them home. They would then laboriously make each brush by hand and be paid on a piece-work basis ie. per each item made.

One of the most famous of these 'home workers' was a woman named Mary Pipkin. She and her sisters, Millicent and Margeret, were well known for the fine quality of their work and were frequently used by our company at that time.

Mary, along with her common-law husband, Mr Josiah Potts started their own tiny business called Pipkins Victorian Brushworks. They were based in lodgings on the High Road in Tottenham. They continued to supply our company, as well as a few top end stores with handmade shaving brushes.

Mr Potts was a master engraver. While Mary and her sisters made the brushes, Mr Potts would lathe, turn by hand, polish and engrave the shaving brush handles made of bone with the most elaborate detail work, even in victorian standards when most items were extremely ornate.

We have recently found in our stores two of the original brushes made by The Pipkins Victorian Brushworks and have decided to replicate them, making brushes that look the way they did more than 100 years ago. Most of the brushes made had different names on them for the different models ie Albert, Oscar, Dickens, Gladstone etc to name but a few. These will be made of resin rather than the bone used in those years.

After much effort we have proundly made a limited range of replicated 'Pipkins Brushes' as a tribute to The Pipkins Victorian Brushmakers.

Each of these limited edition brushes are beautifully engraved in the same style as the originals and filled with the traditional waxes. The ebony (not wood, resin) brushes are filled with Italian Gold Leaf.

The front of the brush is engraved with the Pipkins stamp. Above this is the coat of arms for Oueen Victoria. The brush model name is engraved on the front of the brush, with the name Victorian Brush Works - Limited Edition listed below.

On the reverse side of the brush is an engraved portrait of Queen Victoria and the words 'Finest Silvertip Badger Hair - Handmade'

Each brush handle is made in and imported from England..."

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 01-16-2014, 10:03 PM
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I would love to order one for 130-150, but 300 feels a little steep Sad

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 01-16-2014, 11:59 PM
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(01-16-2014, 10:03 PM)grantmm Wrote: I would love to order one for 130-150, but 300 feels a little steep Sad

Yes, the pricing does seem a little off...

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 01-17-2014, 03:11 AM
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(01-16-2014, 11:59 PM)ben74 Wrote:
(01-16-2014, 10:03 PM)grantmm Wrote: I would love to order one for 130-150, but 300 feels a little steep Sad

Yes, the pricing does seem a little off...

Absolutely.
We have a saying in my country that goes something like this: In a land where everyone is blind, he who has one eye is King.
I believe this may be the case here, as I do not know of any other traditional wetshaving stores in South Africa. Smile

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