04-05-2014, 01:10 PM
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Last summer I restored a brush for MarkH58 and it never got around to being published so here it is with my thoughts about the brush and the restoration.

When I received this brush I noticed that it not as in good of shape as what had been described at the time of sale. The deep butterscotch brush had a whole lot of small scratches, both white and dark brown. It looked like a complete disaster. I thought that this would just be a throwaway item. The course of action seemed to be to just play around with it. It was placed on a buffer wheel. I was not expecting much out of buffing the butterscotch finish until white showed through. While the buffing process was taking place, I noticed the majority of scratches disappeared along with the butterscotch to a certain level. What remained, however, changed my perception of the handle. The handle began to take on the consistency color wise of pottery with white and some small color flecks still showing. I wondered if anyone would be interested in a brush with a handle like this, so I called Mark who is a connoisseur of butterscotch brushes to see what he thought. After showing a picture without the knot, the next thing I hear was, I think it will sell because I want it. He was impressed with how it looked "aged" and had a certain level of character to it. So Mark requested a Best Badger knot be placed in it and it soon went to it's new home.

The next question that I had about the brush was the name. Charles Craft does not come up very often in the Traditional Shaving community. I have found a few items from them such as razors, brushes and home clipper sets. It appears that Charles Craft manufactured some products and procured others to sell thorough Spiegel stores. Located in Elk Grove Ill. the company quit making and / or distributing home care and shaving products years ago.

http://www.trademarkia.com/map/shavex-72149639.htm

Very little information turned up past what was found under the corporate name and a few items that come up for sale currently.

This following listing states:

SOLINGEN German made blade Charlescraft Elk Grove Illinois manufactured hair clipper home barbering tool from the 1940's. Instruction booklet tip guide included.

http://www.goantiques.com/charlescraft-h...er-1864043

I believe that given the background of the company and the procurement patterns from other major suppliers, it would appear that this brush was more that likely made in New York City by one of the major brush makers of the 1930s through 1950s. In the end it became a lovely brush to restore and Mark I hope it serves you well for many years to come.


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 04-05-2014, 01:31 PM
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  • Agravic
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Nicely done, Gary.

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 04-05-2014, 03:33 PM
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  • Balj86
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That is one pretty brush Gary, excellent work!

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 04-05-2014, 03:50 PM
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That is a lovely handle! Lovely work, Gary! Smile

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 04-05-2014, 04:50 PM
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  • refles
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That is a lovely handle, great job bringing new life back to the brush!

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 04-05-2014, 05:17 PM
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  • Elendil
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Beautiful work, Gary.

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 04-05-2014, 05:53 PM
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  • robk
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Lovely work.

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 04-05-2014, 06:52 PM
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  • ben74
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Nice job!

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 04-06-2014, 06:03 AM
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Thanks Gents!

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 04-06-2014, 04:22 PM
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As always GD did his usual magic. The brush is not only great on the eyes in great in the hand.

Some bloom pics....
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Thanks again GD for a great restore.....!

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 04-06-2014, 05:27 PM
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 04-07-2014, 11:13 AM
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(04-06-2014, 04:22 PM)Markh58 Wrote: As always GD did his usual magic. The brush is not only great on the eyes in great in the hand.

Some bloom pics....
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Thanks again GD for a great restore.....!

Looks wonderful! I am glad you are enjoying it!

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