03-28-2014, 11:13 PM
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So I won this item on eBay yesterday:
http://cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?View...1306298141
Seller claims it is a joke propaganda item, probably from Germany.
Personally I don't believe what the seller is writing.
Does anyone have background information on this handle - what type
and brand ?

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 03-28-2014, 11:50 PM
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  • Shaun
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 03-29-2014, 12:49 AM
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That's a lot lot of reading material ...
So the assumption the handle is related to WWII propaganda is false ?
Think the handle is made (long) after 1922 - so why the warning at the bottom ?

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 03-29-2014, 02:50 AM
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I'm not sure if it is or is not. Brushes did once carry anthrax, that much is certain. It is why many of the older labels say "Sterilized".

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 03-29-2014, 04:54 AM
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After the Anthrax deaths (there were many cases of severe illnesses and deaths world wide) that were caused primarily by horse hair imported from Russia containing Anthrax, laws were passed regulating the processing of all animal hairs in shaving brushes including using the words STERILIZED or FREE FROM ANTHRAX on the handles. Not only did governments have to act, but the industry had to act to preserve business due to the very real issues involved.

This should provide more explanation.

http://shavenook.com/thread-1920-1930s-r...et-restore

This is also the reason why horse hair was severely reduced or in many cases eliminated from shaving brushes in many markets for decades.

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 03-29-2014, 07:23 AM
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  • refles
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read about this, but never thought I would see a handle actually printed with those words, very educational and active piece of shaving history.

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 03-29-2014, 08:35 AM
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Very interesting and educational indeed.
So there are 2 conclusions for this particular handle:
-1- It is post 1921.
-2- The inscription FREE FROM ANTHRAX is rarer (at least less common) than the inscription STERILIZED.
Leaves 1 question: when were regulations relaxed such that the inscription STERILIZED or FREE FROM ANTHRAX were not obligatory any more ?

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 03-30-2014, 04:26 PM
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(03-28-2014, 11:13 PM)Jan Zoethout Wrote: So I won this item on eBay yesterday:
http://cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?View...1306298141
Seller claims it is a joke propaganda item, probably from Germany.
Personally I don't believe what the seller is writing.
Does anyone have background information on this handle - what type
and brand ?

I have read that back in WWI most brushes were made of horsehair. Horses were associated with the spread of anthrax. In those days, anthrax was extremely serious, and all too common. The engraving on the bottom is very clear, it is a statement that the brush was "free from anthrax" and probably set a lot of minds at ease, in a day and time when horsehair was associated with anthrax. I think we can feel quite sure the proclamation that the product was anthrax-free was no joking matter. Quite the contrary. Congrats on finding this old brush handle in such good condition.

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 03-30-2014, 04:29 PM
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(03-29-2014, 08:35 AM)Jan Zoethout Wrote: Very interesting and educational indeed.
So there are 2 conclusions for this particular handle:
-1- It is post 1921.
-2- The inscription FREE FROM ANTHRAX is rarer (at least less common) than the inscription STERILIZED.
Leaves 1 question: when were regulations relaxed such that the inscription STERILIZED or FREE FROM ANTHRAX were not obligatory any more ?

-1- Yes it is post 1921.

-2- Many brushes today still have sterilized on them because it has become more of a tradition for established old line brush makers.

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 04-06-2014, 01:46 AM
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Yesterday the handle arrived and it appeared that I did not note
the word "china" in the advertisement ... Angel

The material the handle is made of is .. china ...
Was this more or less commonly used for shaving brush handles in the past ?

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 04-06-2014, 05:11 AM
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(04-06-2014, 01:46 AM)Jan Zoethout Wrote: Yesterday the handle arrived and it appeared that I did not note
the word "china" in the advertisement ... Angel

The material the handle is made of is .. china ...
Was this more or less commonly used for shaving brush handles in the past ?

Yes, Porcelain China was used on shaving brushes at that time along with Celluloid and Wood. Bakelite began becoming popular material to use in the early to mid 1920s as well.

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 04-13-2014, 01:47 AM
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So I decided to make a real brush with this handle.
Fixed the top of the handle with my Dremel, sanding disk and diamond burr bit and epoxied a piece of cork in the hole.
The depth of the hole was 43 mm, now it is 21 mm.

Some pictures:
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Before ..
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.. and after
Those white spots in the blue part are reflections of the light.

Not perfect though, but close enough ...Rolleyes

Now it's waiting for a nice knot - but that can take a while.

To be continued ...

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 04-17-2014, 12:30 AM
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There is no bottom so the base knot haven't anywhere to "rest"
You can make on but if you don't: you have to choose a knot to fit a little bit tight
Glue the sides of the handle carefully so the glue will not rise up when you push the knot inside.
A trick: twist gently the knot as you push it it,this will make the glue to cover all the spots.
Use an epoxy glue,i am waiting to see the results !

Wink

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 04-17-2014, 12:48 AM
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I already glued a cork in the hole (using epoxy) such that the depth of the hole is 21 mm.
Won a HMW brush at eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Mountain-Wh...OU:NL:3160) and I am planning to "unhandle" the knot for this handle.
Once I have the loose HMW knot, I'll glue in an extra piece of cork to set the correct depth of the hole.
But, as said before, this may take a while (3 to 4 weeks) because there are other things I have to attend .... Biggrin

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 04-17-2014, 10:50 PM
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(04-17-2014, 12:30 AM)Doryferon Wrote: There is no bottom so the base knot haven't anywhere to "rest"
..snip..
Wink
The last picture might give the impression that one looks through the handle to the dinnertable - that is not the case:
[Image: 55M1nDG.jpg]
The handle does have a bottom, one is looking at the cork glued in the handle ... Rolleyes

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 04-18-2014, 12:46 PM
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It looks like the "Free from Anthrax" was still being on brushes well into the 1930's. I have a Gillette Popular with all the paperwork and they have an advert paper in it that states,
" Gillette Shaving Brush is made from selected bristles, rubber-cored in white unbreakable handle. Every brush is properly sterilized and guaranteed free from anthrax.
Price 2s 6d"

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 04-19-2014, 01:11 AM
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(04-17-2014, 10:50 PM)Jan Zoethout Wrote: The handle does have a bottom, one is looking at the cork glued in the handle ... Rolleyes

I mean a bottom so the base knot can sit and glued tightly
This will make the knot more robust and stable while swirling
Not a handle bottom in the end of the brush.
The cork absorbs water and moisture.

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 04-19-2014, 01:48 AM
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The cork is used to fill the hole to the correct depth and is sealed with epoxy.
The base of the knot will sit on it tightly and water and moisture cannot reach the cork.
I could have used coins as fillers, but that would have given the handle unnecessary weight, instead of that I used slices of cork and epoxy.

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 04-19-2014, 08:45 AM
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Decided to finish the job today:
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Removed the handle of the donor brush,
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Set the hole to the correct depth,
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And glued the knot in the handle.
Knot size 21 mm, loft 54 mm.

A fine brush with historic relevance ... Shy

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 04-19-2014, 09:08 AM
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(04-19-2014, 08:45 AM)Jan Zoethout Wrote: Decided to finish the job today:
And glued the knot in the handle.
Knot size 21 mm, loft 54 mm.

A fine brush with historic relevance ... Shy

Well done!

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