07-12-2017, 03:48 AM
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Not too long ago I found a couple boxes filled with junk including mismatched shoe laces, near empty tins of neetsfoot oil and shoe polish, some razors and shaving mugs and a couple old pucks of shaving soap plus some old brushes. Some of the brushes looked almost new even though the newest of them was likely at least a quarter century old. In several I've cleaned up a good washing in warm water with a little dish detergent and borax brought the brushes back to near new shape; not just usable but quite nice.


One Pure Badger brush that turned out really nicely looks like what today is sold as Silver Tip and is from a company called Peerless. From what I have been able to find online the Peerless Brush Company went out of business in the 1970s or 1980s. That makes that brush at least 27 years old and very likely older.

I will try to get more of the old brushes cleaned up but one or two at a time.

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 07-12-2017, 03:59 AM
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Please post pictures of your newly found vintage brushes.  A lot of us will enjoy them.

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 07-12-2017, 05:05 AM
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(07-12-2017, 03:59 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Please post pictures of your newly found vintage brushes.  A lot of us will enjoy them.

Once I get some of them cleaned up I'll take some pictures.

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 07-13-2017, 09:00 AM
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I've been known to use an old brush every now and then...

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 07-13-2017, 01:17 PM
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Got a few old brushes cleaned up so they can be used again.  More still soaking. They are certainly not as nice as the ones above but were what I and my family were using in the 50s, 60s and 70s.


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From the left:  an Unknown boar; a Surrey Boar (Surrey was later bought by Van der Hagen); EverReady 100 Boar; a Century Pure Badger, EverReady 300PBT Badger; MadeRite 500PB; the Peerless Pure Badger

All of these are older brushes that were stored in another box but are now soaked and pampered and ready to go back to work.  The Peerless really looks just like what today is sold as Silvertip and feels as good on my face as my newer brushes. I also put the older Surrey next to a Van der Hagen that was part of a gift set given to me around Christmas and except for the color of the handle they are twins.

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 07-13-2017, 04:16 PM
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Nice stuff @jar.

I like that Century and MadeRight especially.

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 07-13-2017, 04:19 PM
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just perfect!

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 07-13-2017, 05:09 PM
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Just for fun I took a shot of the Peerless, a Kent BLK4, a Thater Silvertip and a Zenith Manchurian.

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 07-14-2017, 07:22 AM
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Those brushes look to be in fantastic shape @jar

That clear brush should be an absolute delight to use!

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 07-15-2017, 05:12 PM
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Got two more cleaned up, a Simm's (Canadian made) and an Erskine.  Still a few more left to clean up.  So far I have been really surprised by how well these old brushes have recovered. Next two will be an Opal and a US Aristocrat.


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Erskine on left, Simm's on right.

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