03-26-2014, 07:32 AM
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  • ben74
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I'm not the lucky owner of this unique Simpson brush,
but I thought it was worthy of sharing here...

[Image: CQTR7Ro.png]

I've never seen anything like it from Simpson -
it's reminiscent of a Pineapple IMO...

[Image: 50t1tOd.png]

But it also reminds me of the Rooney Beehive.

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 03-26-2014, 07:36 AM
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  • Agravic
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That is one unique brush!

Thanks for sharing this, Ben.

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 03-26-2014, 07:44 AM
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  • Attila
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Wow. I've never seen anything like it! Thanks for sharing.

Sent from my phone using Tapatalk.

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 03-26-2014, 07:45 AM
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(03-26-2014, 07:36 AM)Agravic Wrote: That is one unique brush!

Thanks for sharing this, Ben.

+1

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 03-26-2014, 07:49 AM
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It truly is unique, and I like it. Thanks for sharing it, Ben.

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 03-26-2014, 07:53 AM
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  • LORDBISHOP
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That is a really neat find! It does indeed have a very similar shape with the Rooney BeeHive...the cross checking in the "Hive" or "Pineapple" section is awesome...is that briar for the bottom and top section? What condition too! I wish more could be determined as to when and for whom this beauty was made?

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 03-26-2014, 08:00 AM
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  • BobH
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Interesting and very unique, thanks for sharing. Might be a good candidate handle design for a Simpsons LE run.

Bob

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 03-26-2014, 08:13 AM
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Very cool - Good concept for a handle design

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 03-26-2014, 08:18 AM
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  • refles
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That's one really out of the normal line of thought handle design, really leads itself to a different time indeed. A lucky owner to be able to find one of these indeed. I wonder what year this was created in the Simpson's history books.

really like the almost briarwood (?) top ring and base very unique molding used to the handle.

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 03-26-2014, 08:28 AM
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  • ben74
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As for materials I'm guessing it's Bakelite and Catalin.

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 03-26-2014, 08:31 AM
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  • ben74
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As for date, I know it is post 1941.

If the decal reads "Made in London" then the brush is 1930's.

If the decal reads "Made in England" then the brush is made after 1941.

Another unusual (and largely unpopular at the time) were the chequer design brushes which were made in the 1960's.

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 03-26-2014, 08:37 AM
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love it! what a great personality Heart

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 03-26-2014, 08:43 AM
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  • Rufus
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That handle design would make an outstanding TSN LE. Very unique.

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 03-26-2014, 09:44 AM
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  • refles
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(03-26-2014, 08:31 AM)ben74 Wrote: As for date, I know it is post 1941.

If the decal reads "Made in London" then the brush is 1930's.

If the decal reads "Made in England" then the brush is made after 1941.

Another unusual (and largely unpopular at the time) were the chequer design brushes which were made in the 1960's.

wow, that's quick response Ben, thank you sir..you and the gents here are a wealth of knowledge.

considering post 1941 time frame, that brush is in excellent condition for the age.. the chequer pattern really calls out to a time long past as you don't see it (I haven't at least)

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 03-26-2014, 10:06 AM
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  • Elendil
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That's a fabulous looking brush.

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 03-26-2014, 10:14 AM
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  • robk
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This is beyond awesome and stupendous.

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 03-26-2014, 10:27 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Fantastic brush, Ben... Truly unique! It may be a source of inspiration for today's beehives.

I don't mean to rob you of your exclusive, Ben... but is anyone else thinking Mark could do a re-edition of this one? Biggrin

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 03-26-2014, 11:52 AM
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Hello Gents,

Thought I would chime in as I am the lucky owner of the brush in question. I contacted Simpsons about the brush to see if thy had any history on when/for whom the brush was made. As far as they could tell it was a very early brush and likely one of the first custom brushes that Simpsons had ever made. Judging by the Bakelite coloring and the box my guess is that it is somewhere in the early to mid 40s. I say this because the patterning on the brush is reminiscent of the Art Deco style which died off not much after that time as well as being due the sticker being 1941 or later.

It would be amazing if someone could do a limited edition of this brush as I am afraid of using it due to the age as well as relative rarity. If anyone has a good idea of who you might contact about that process I would be more than willing to provide images and dimensions of the handle and knot.

I am new to this forum so if I may have broken any forum rules in this post please let me know and I will revise this post.

Anywho, just thought I would chime in.

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 03-26-2014, 11:58 AM
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  • Mouser
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(03-26-2014, 07:32 AM)ben74 Wrote:
I'm not the lucky owner of this unique Simpson brush,
but I thought it was worthy of sharing here...

[Image: CQTR7Ro.png]

I've never seen anything like it from Simpson -
it's reminiscent of a Pineapple IMO...

[Image: 50t1tOd.png]

But it also reminds me of the Rooney Beehive.

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Leave it to Ben! I forsee a shaving brush museum opening one day in the distant future in Aussie land when God calls our Ben to the great brush-stand in the sky.

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 03-26-2014, 12:03 PM
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  • ajc347
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Wow - that's an amazing looking brush. Smile

Other than Simpsons, Lee Sabini is the first name that came to mind for a Limited Edition product as he recently did an excellent LE brush one on another forum.

There's also Shavemac and Semogue who have both done LE projects for this forum before (I'm not suggesting that this should be a forum limited edition brush, merely that the companies mentioned have all done excellent jobs on brushes they designed as forum LE's). Smile

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