06-17-2012, 01:13 AM
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  • ben74
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Simpsons Astor

In 2009, to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Simpsons brand, the Astor was offered.
Only 90 of these limited edition brushes were produced.
The handle is a classic shape that is out of regular production and is faux horn with gold individual numbering.
The knot is two-band super badger hair.

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According to Gary Young:

"...the Astor was made by Coate's (before Simpsons moved to Somerset and shared the mill where Coate's brushes were made).
After the joining of the 2 companies we solely traded Coate's as the hairbrush side to the business
and Simpsons took over all the 'branding' of the shaving brushes.
The Astor originally had links with the London Astoria.
The Astoria was a music venue in London but was originally (up to the 1920s) used for warehousing.
This is the link that Great Uncle Alex had with the name.
It was an adaption on 'Astoria'."


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The tips are soft and luxurious and there is ample backbone.
It's slightly less dense than Simpsons current 2 band offering and has good flow through.
It features an ergonomic handle and IMO perfoms as good as it looks.

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Handle: 59mm
Knot: 24 x 51mm

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 06-17-2012, 02:42 AM
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What a lovely brush Ben. Sadly I never had the chance to get one of these.

Must be a joy to use!

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 06-17-2012, 03:17 AM
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That's one nice pair of Astor's, Ben!

Thanks for sharing

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 06-17-2012, 04:24 AM
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  • ben74
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The Astor in action...

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 06-17-2012, 04:41 AM
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Beautiful brushes!

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 06-17-2012, 04:42 AM
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  • ben74
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The Astor in bloom...

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 06-17-2012, 07:32 AM
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  • Johnny
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Another beautiful brush from your small collection. I find it interesting that this all took place around 1920 (per Gary Young) and you have brush 19 and 20.

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 06-17-2012, 07:59 AM
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  • seixi
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I have one of those 90 wonderful brushes and it's just one of the most beautiful and best in my collection.

Thanks for your review!

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 06-17-2012, 08:45 AM
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I have #45, and it is a wonderful brush, a nearly perfect combination of backbone, density, softness, and flow.

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 06-17-2012, 10:20 AM
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  • Andrew
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I have lucky number 13, and it's a favorite in my den.

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 06-17-2012, 11:09 AM
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  • Tonality
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It's a very beautiful brush, I think if I had been wetshaving when it was released I would have tried very hard to get my hands on one.

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 06-17-2012, 11:27 AM
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  • Teiste
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One of the most GORGEOUS brushes out there,for sure.
THanks for the pics,my friend.

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 06-17-2012, 11:44 AM
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great pictures!!! I drool every time I see one of these.

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 06-17-2012, 11:59 AM
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  • PAW
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Very nice brushes.

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 06-18-2012, 12:47 PM
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  • texquill
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Number 26 resides in my den and gets more than its fair share of the rotation! It's a great brush.

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 06-18-2012, 03:50 PM
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  • ben74
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(06-17-2012, 07:32 AM)Johnny Wrote: Another beautiful brush from your small collection. I find it interesting that this all took place around 1920 (per Gary Young) and you have brush 19 and 20.

Well spotted Johnny.

Purely coincidence of course!

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 06-18-2012, 07:07 PM
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Had the pleasure of owning one of the Astor Anniversary brushes and it is definitely a superb brush.

Great pictures Ben and wonderful pair of brushes.

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 06-18-2012, 09:49 PM
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You just never seem to run out of brushes, my friend!Smile

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 06-19-2012, 02:18 AM
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  • ben74
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The TSN Astor owners list:

13 Andrew
19 ben74
20 ben74
26 texquill
45 churchilllafemme
? seixi

(The list so far.)

TSN members at this point, account for around 6.6% of Astor ownership.
I'm hoping we will be compiling a "TSN Jubilee owners" list soon too!

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 10-03-2015, 09:07 AM
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(06-19-2012, 02:18 AM)ben74 Wrote: The TSN Astor owners list:

13 Andrew
19 ben74
20 ben74
26 texquill
45 churchilllafemme
?   seixi

(The list so far.

Not Quite..................

No: 2  Whatmorebrushs

TSN members at this point, account for around 6.6% of Astor ownership.
I'm hoping we will be compiling a "TSN Jubilee owners" list soon too!

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