07-27-2012, 09:32 AM
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  • Balj86
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Hello Everyone! So I bought this brush off of PortugueseVintage (Etsy) and it looked very similar to a Semogue 1550! Do any of you know about this brush? It is quite pretty! Here are some pics friends! Thank you for taking the time and reading this, you all have a great day!

   

   

   

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 07-27-2012, 09:38 AM
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  • Teiste
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I have an old 1550 with the same handle but painted green and black on the base,and its a boar brush.
This one seems to be pure badger and made for other company/retailer.
Seems that the man who made the 1550 handles and some other more,got retired like 3 years ago,and since then,Semogue have never made another 1550 acrylic handle.In fact,I have a 1550 with a wooden handle,since Semogue run out of the acrylic ones,thanks to a great Portuguese member.
Maybe we should send this pic to Mr Gomes and ask him about the history behind this brush.In fact,this is what Im going to do.
Ill keep you posted.

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 07-27-2012, 09:44 AM
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Beautiful brush! Smile

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 07-27-2012, 09:44 AM
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(07-27-2012, 09:38 AM)Teiste Wrote: I have an old 1550 with the same handle but painted green and black on the base,and its a boar brush.
This one seems to be pure badger and made for other company/retailer.
Seems that the man who made the 1550 handles and some other more,got retired like 3 years ago,and since then,Semogue have never made another 1550 acrylic handle.In fact,I have a 1550 with a wooden handle,since Semogue run out of the acrylic ones,thanks to a great Portuguese member.
Maybe we should send this pic to Mr Gomes and ask him about the history behind this brush.In fact,this is what Im going to do.
Ill keep you posted.

Teiste! I was hoping you would chime in my friend. That sounds beyond excellent! I'm going to test lather it today and see how if its useable. What would be cool is if I could re-knot with the 1800 knot. The seller said its been unused/new and vintage. It is a very nice handle though.

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 07-27-2012, 10:19 AM
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Gorgeous handle!

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 07-27-2012, 10:49 AM
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It could be a Semogue, but it could be also made by another Portuguese brush-maker (there were quite a few some decades ago, in the same geographic area - Joanfer, Raro, Fapil and many others). In that area, brush-making was a local industry with several factories.

And I personally don't think that is pure badger, but some darker, stiffest boar bristles, like the Semogue 840 or 1140 models that you can see here. But I may be wrong...

Nevertheless, it is a fine handle! Congratulations, enjoy it! Smile

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 07-27-2012, 10:58 AM
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Actually I was able to get in touch with Bruno Of VScent and he said this...

"I've confirmed with Sr. Gomes that this is indeed a Semogue brush. He says it's about 25 to 30 years old."

This is an old Semogue!

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 07-27-2012, 11:02 AM
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HA, i saw one of those the other night and passed on it.

looks nice, congrats.

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 07-27-2012, 11:49 AM
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(07-27-2012, 10:58 AM)Balj86 Wrote: Actually I was able to get in touch with Bruno Of VScent and he said this...

"I've confirmed with Sr. Gomes that this is indeed a Semogue brush. He says it's about 25 to 30 years old."

This is an old Semogue!

Lovely! Congratulations! ThumbupThumbsup

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 07-27-2012, 12:38 PM
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  • Teiste
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(07-27-2012, 10:49 AM)oversaturn Wrote: It could be a Semogue, but it could be also made by another Portuguese brush-maker (there were quite a few some decades ago, in the same geographic area - Joanfer, Raro, Fapil and many others). In that area, brush-making was a local industry with several factories.

And I personally don't think that is pure badger, but some darker, stiffest boar bristles, like the Semogue 840 or 1140 models that you can see here. But I may be wrong...

Nevertheless, it is a fine handle! Congratulations, enjoy it! Smile

One of these days,you should talk to us about those other brands/makers,my friend.

And yes,the more I see the pic,the more Im sure its boar hair,as you have pointed.

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 07-27-2012, 06:23 PM
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Wow, that is a beautiful handle. Congrats and enjoy.

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 07-29-2012, 01:32 PM
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Congratulations on finding this one. A great looking brush that you can enjoy for a long time.

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 08-02-2012, 10:26 AM
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That is a very nice handle indeed!
Congrats on a fantastic find.

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 08-02-2012, 10:34 AM
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Thanks everyone! I haven't actually used but been doing test lathers. Its been loosing a bristle here and there. It would be nice if I re-knotted this Brush!

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 08-02-2012, 12:17 PM
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  • Teiste
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And put a silvertip A grade knot in that handle,Balj86!

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 08-02-2012, 12:29 PM
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I will surely keep that in check Teiste! I just got a Simpson Polo 8 in super badger and last thing i'll be purchasing for a while will be the TSN LE b/c I'll be going back to school full time this coming fall.

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 02-08-2016, 06:15 AM
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So after 2 1/2 I was able to achieve something that I thought was impossible. It was re-knotting this beauty of a SB with a finest badger knot by Sr. Gomes in Portugal. This brush is about 30 years old and one of my best looking brushes in my den. Thank you to Bruno and Sr Gomes keeping its originality. I mailed the brush straight to Semogue in November 2015 and received this past Saturday. The new batch of finest badger is very nice and soft. The knot size is about 22 mm and loft is around 52-53 mm when comparing to my other Semogues. Well I just wanted to share this with you guys and thanks for taking the time to read this. Guys have a great day!

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Post Bloom after shaving with it. 
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 02-08-2016, 06:34 AM
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Congratulations that's a lovely looking knot!

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 02-08-2016, 06:52 AM
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(02-08-2016, 06:34 AM)lestorfreemon Wrote: Congratulations that's a lovely looking knot!

Thanks Jesse, its a wonderful knot and joy to use.

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 02-08-2016, 06:56 AM
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That really turned out nice.  And having it re-knotted by Semogue was a plus.

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