10-11-2015, 05:55 AM
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I found this shaving brush in my village. It was my grandfather's. Do you know anything about it? Must be a boar brush. Also, I guess that it's unused. Luckily, it is in very good condition. Maybe, I will re-knot it in the future.

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 10-11-2015, 09:56 AM
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Gillette contracted all of their brush making out to brushing making companies.  I know Culmar (Culmak) made brushes for Gillette.  The reason I mention Culmak. . .I've seen several brushes, using the Culmak branding, that look exactly like the brush in your pictures.

Originally, the front of the brush (white portion) had a silver, press-on type decal, "Gillette."  

On the back, there was a press on decal,

XXXXXXXXXX
Sterilized
Made in England


The "XXXXXXXx" would describe the type of knot (i.e., Pure Bristles, etc.).

What's odd, or not, the sticker on the back is very reminiscent of the old stickers Simpsons used.  I'm not implying Simpsons made this brush or brushes for Gillette - just that type or style of sticker.

Gillette maintained the "arrow through Gillette" logo from 1901 to 1964. 1964 to 1989, Gillette dropped the "arrow" and changed the font.  1989, Gillette changed the font to bold lettering, italicized.  2009, they changed the font again.  1989 and 2009 fonts are still being used.  The "Gillette" logo on the base of your brush is the old style font from 1901 to 1964, but without the "arrow."

Date-wise. . .it's near impossible to date vintage or antique shaving brushes.  I've seen quite a few of these brushes, so it isn't rare or super hard brush to find.

What makes it valuable, to you, is the intrinsic value. . . .knowing it belonged to your Grandfather.  Personally, it makes these types of finds. . . .priceless.

It will make a great restoration and provide several more decades of use.

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 10-11-2015, 10:12 AM
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To give you an idea about the decals.  Here is a NOS (New Old Stock) Gillette Standard. . . .

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 10-11-2015, 10:19 AM
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Thank you very much for the information!

So maybe it's not an original Gillette brush or am I wrong?

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 10-11-2015, 10:41 AM
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It's a Gillette brush, but Gillette didn't not make it.  Another brush company made it for Gillette.  This is not uncommon.

There are plenty of examples of major brush manufacturers making brushes for other companies - Rubberset, Ever-Ready, Simpsons, etc.  


When you restore the brush, make sure you post pics of it.

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 10-11-2015, 10:47 AM
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Lovely brush, Nick! Good luck with restoration and a lovely 2-Band knot would look wonderful in that handle! Thumbsup

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 10-11-2015, 10:55 AM
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Thank you both gentlemen!

The knot must be around 21mm. Too small for my tastes as I use almost exclusively brushes with 24mm knots.

I also believe that a 2- Band knot would a good idea but I also think about a nice synthetic knot. Maybe next month I' ll know... Smile

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 10-11-2015, 11:07 AM
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You can easily expand the knot hole diameter and put a 24mm knot in it.  

When I restore shaving brushes and want to use a larger knot, I increase the diameter of the knot hole 1 - 1.5mm larger than the replacement knot.  So, for a 24mm knot, open the knot hole to 25 - 25.5mm.

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 10-11-2015, 11:12 AM
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That's a very nice idea! Thanks again!

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