02-10-2016, 06:43 PM
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Among my late father's personal effects was a Simpson CT1 brush.  It's a Somerset era brush, but, as I understand it, that means it could be made any time between '41 and '89 (or '90, depending your source).  It's made of catalin.  It had an original knot in it, but it was so old that it shed in my hands.  That has now been successfully removed and the handle is waiting for its journey to England for a factory restore. 

I've read posts that tell me what the "C" and "T" in CT1 stand for, and that's great, but I have no idea when this brush was made.  My belief, based on my father's journeys, is that it had to be made before '63, but for all I know my dad had a buddy send him one at a later date.  

So, any ideas when it was made?  Or a source I could look to for information?

The handle is beautiful.  It might not be the prettiest Simpson handle, but it is the most beautifully made one I've seen.  It's smooth as glass.

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 02-10-2016, 06:51 PM
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Pics?

What does the C and T stand for?

So cool you're getting it restored.

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 02-10-2016, 06:55 PM
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I have a Simpson "CT" -   Gary Young of Simpson once indicated in response to my question that the brush

[Image: quote_icon.png] Originally Posted by Gary Young [Image: viewpost-right.png]
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Pre-runner for the Beaufort brush. Designed by my Grandfather. The CT has a connection with C-Cherry (my mother) and T - Tom, my grandfather.

If you look at a lot of today's designs there are plenty of 'old family designs' that have been adapted or have evolved.

Hope this helps.

Gary

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 02-10-2016, 06:57 PM
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 02-10-2016, 07:04 PM
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Gary, yours was the post I saw that gave me the information. It's a nice bit of history.

I only wish we had some idea when this brush was made. A clear forerunner of the Beaufort, agree? I stood it beside my B4, it's slightly taller and has broader shoulders but the similarity is unmistakable.


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 02-10-2016, 07:04 PM
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Lovely handle you've got there! Glad Mark will be re-knoting it for you.

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 02-10-2016, 07:12 PM
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Very nice!

Welcome to the Nook by the way.

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 02-10-2016, 07:16 PM
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Thanks, bakerbarber. I'm one of those guys fortunate enough to have been a DE shaver from Day 1 (with my dad's '59 Fatboy, passed to me with ceremony) but I don't know about TSN until recently. I'm glad I found it!


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 02-10-2016, 07:19 PM
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I love it when my memory works right! See here for the info. But the C stands for Cherry (Gary Young's Mother), and T stands for Tom (Gary Young's Grandfather) It's the forerunner to the Beaufort line. I love the looks of that line of brushes. Wish I'd see more pictures of them!

Edit: I had this open for awhile and then came back and answered as to the double answer. Beautiful brush!

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 02-10-2016, 07:20 PM
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When it's returned all shiny and new (but not too new), I'll have my buddy take some pictures and I'll post them.


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 02-10-2016, 08:59 PM
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I am looking forward to seeing the finished product and congratulations. Thumbsup

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 02-11-2016, 05:02 AM
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(02-10-2016, 07:04 PM)goateeki Wrote: Gary, yours was the post I saw that gave me the information. It's a nice bit of history.

I only wish we had some idea when this brush was made. A clear forerunner of the Beaufort, agree? I stood it beside my B4, it's slightly taller and has broader shoulders but the similarity is unmistakable.


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Probably the best chance at narrowing down the date of manufacture would be when it is in Simpson's hands for the re-knot?  Mine was re-knotted before I picked it up.

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 02-11-2016, 05:11 AM
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I plan to ask. Great idea.


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