10-21-2015, 09:40 AM
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Paid too much for this one, but no regrets. It's a remarkable specimen.

By all appearances, at least to me, it has never been used or even test lathered. The tips are a bit fragile but feel as soft as gossamer. It's tempting to wash and try it out; however, I don't think I will. For one thing, the glue plug is just wee bit rattly in the socket, I suspect due to contraction and consequent separation from the handle material over time.

I've looked but not yet found another example of an M8. Does anyone else here have one?

The stamp includes a faint, two-letter remnant of a fourth line just below the "SO" in SIMPSON". The seller believed those letters to be "DO" and, given their placement, guessed they had contributed to form "LONDON". From this he concluded the brush dates to 1919-24, the period during which Simpson brushes were made in London. Although that's an interesting interpretation, I'm dubious about it. 

Any thoughts about what it might have been and/or signified? I'm hoping Mark might have a clue.

[Image: Simpson-M8_zps4y7dhel0.jpg]

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 10-21-2015, 09:44 AM
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Beautiful looking brush Ken! I hope more people can chime in and give you some help.

Thanks for sharing.

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 10-21-2015, 09:45 AM
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That looks awesome! Im not even sure Ive ever even seen an M8. Non that come to mind anyway. In vintage butterscotch non the less.

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 10-21-2015, 09:49 AM
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  • Agravic
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Beautiful brush, Ken .. one of a kind.

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 10-21-2015, 09:50 AM
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Ken, good haul!

But when we will be able already to order your great shaving brushes? 
The Paladin already dreams me at night!  Smile

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 10-21-2015, 09:52 AM
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Wow Ken!

Incredible brush!


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 10-21-2015, 09:55 AM
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Congratulations Ken! That's a treasure, and it couldn't be in better hands.

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 10-21-2015, 09:59 AM
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no to highjack but I too have a older simpson im not sure what I actually have. Def not as old as yours or in good shape. We should have a vintage simpson thread. Theres seems to be a sticker over the Simpson logo underneath 


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 10-21-2015, 10:04 AM
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I love the unique and beautiful items I see on this forum!  That's a gorgeous brush Ken, nice score (despite potential high price)...I absolutely love that shape  Biggrin!

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 10-21-2015, 10:05 AM
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Was watching that auction, congratulations Ken... quite the unique brush you've added as the Gary Young thread mentions only an M1 through M7 and don't remember reading of an M8, but with all the special turns they produce its entirely possible it was a one time shot as that's how I found my original Simpson M6. 

Its great to know that this brush ended into your collection as I look forward to see what inspiration in terms of design this brings you.

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 10-21-2015, 10:25 AM
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That's a beauty

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 10-21-2015, 10:29 AM
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Ken I have nothing to offer in response to your question. However I think you have something very special. What a gorgeous brush!! Congrats my friend.

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 10-21-2015, 10:33 AM
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That auction also caught my eye Ken.  I am glad the brush went to a good home!  I have asked Mark a number of times about creating an M8, but now there is precedent for their production in the past!  There was a thread just started about a 2016 TSN LE brush, the Simpson M8 in two band has my vote!

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 10-21-2015, 10:35 AM
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That is truly beautiful! Can you share the dimensions? Enjoy the brush and I hope that some M8 inspired brushes come to life.
D.

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 10-21-2015, 10:36 AM
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(10-21-2015, 09:59 AM)CtrlAltElite Wrote: no to highjack but I too have a older simpson im not sure what I actually have. Def not as old as yours or in good shape. We should have a vintage simpson thread. Theres seems to be a sticker over the Simpson logo underneath.

The "AS" is for Alex Simpson. I have an AS2, an AS2M, and an AS3.  The AS2 and AS2M are basically the same design; the AS3 is substantially different. I've read elsewhere that the "M" wasn't a style or size designation, but rather signified, alongside the "2", 2 million as a Simpson milestone. 

I've also read elsewhere that "M" stood for "Macaulay", which was the name of the road in London on which Simpson's first factory was located. 

I'd like to know more about dating these brushes.

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 10-21-2015, 10:42 AM
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^ thanks.. So the 2A part means what? What time frame where these made?

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 10-21-2015, 10:47 AM
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Beautiful brush Ken!

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 10-21-2015, 10:54 AM
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(10-21-2015, 10:42 AM)CtrlAltElite Wrote: ^ thanks.. So the 2A part means what? What time frame where these made?

Beat's me. I've rather assumed the "2" was initially a size designation, but other vintage Simpsons seem obviously to have used letters (e.g., "S", presumably for small). Moreover, it appears there were different styles of brushes bearing "AS".  Who would probably know best is Gary Young. I had a very brief exchange of emails with him a couple years back, but it broke off.

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 10-21-2015, 11:00 AM
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thanks for info. Its autually more fun learning and hunting down the history of the brush than owning it.

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 10-21-2015, 11:08 AM
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(10-21-2015, 09:40 AM)Chiefbroom Wrote: Paid too much for this one, but no regrets. It's a remarkable specimen.

By all appearances, at least to me, it has never been used or even test lathered. The tips are a bit fragile but feel as soft as gossamer. It's tempting to wash and try it out; however, I don't think I will. For one thing, the glue plug is just wee bit rattly in the socket, I suspect due to contraction and consequent separation from the handle material over time.

I've looked but not yet found another example of an M8. Does anyone else here have one?

The stamp includes a faint, two-letter remnant of a fourth line just below the "SO" in SIMPSON". The seller believed those letters to be "DO" and, given their placement, guessed they had contributed to form "LONDON". From this he concluded the brush dates to 1919-24, the period during which Simpson brushes were made in London. Although that's an interesting interpretation, I'm dubious about it. 

Any thoughts about what it might have been and/or signified? I'm hoping Mark might have a clue.

[Image: Simpson-M8_zps4y7dhel0.jpg]

[Image: Simpson-M8-inset_zpswr91munz.jpg]

That's really a sweet one Ken! I've never seen anything like it. Perhaps Mark would know. Good luck! Thanks for sharing. We'll be following this one. Thumbup

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