12-22-2018, 06:06 PM
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  • Shaun
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These two little cuties are on their way to me from Hong Kong. (Update: arrived. See posts further down the thread). As you can see, they have turned blonde horn handles, each with a loft in "Blaireau Pur" (“Pure Badger”). They look trimmed and might be scritchy, therefore, but I don't really mind scritch. The decals are still attached as they are NOS, and each brush comes with a nifty, original clear plastic travel container.

The seller told me he was in France in 1961 and found them in a little store that was shutting down. He thinks they may be older, but he couldn't say for sure. The provenance seems pretty tight to me.

The word "Garanti" means "Guaranteed" in French (quelle surprise!) and the handle is composed of three parts: top, base, and base plug.

No, they are NOT Plisson, and lack the fine turning and finishing detail of a Plisson vintage "en corne". They do, however, have a fine rustic charm.

I looked all over the net for similar brushes, but ... nothing. Anyone else have a horn-handled vintage brush that is not a Plisson? I would love to see!

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 12-22-2018, 06:11 PM
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Extra pic: Lovely blonde horn
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 12-24-2018, 09:07 PM
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No non-Plisson horn brushes to share images of, anyone?

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 12-24-2018, 09:47 PM
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(12-24-2018, 09:07 PM)Shaun Wrote: No non-Plisson horn brushes to share images of, anyone?

I like your photos above and it jogs my memory a bit but I don't remember who or where (which forum) it could've been in regards to non-poisson horn French brushes. How do the brushes feel on the face? Did you try shaving with them yet?

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 12-25-2018, 12:02 AM
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Still on their way to me Smile

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 12-27-2018, 10:53 PM
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[Image: 1pc4t4.jpg]

First one and Last one Kimson Horn others from France.

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 12-27-2018, 10:58 PM
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(12-27-2018, 10:53 PM)melyus Wrote: [Image: 1pc4t4.jpg]

First one and Last one Kimson Horn others from France.

A very nice collection indeed!!!

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 12-27-2018, 11:01 PM
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Thank you Smile

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 01-08-2019, 03:05 AM
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Brushes arrived today, and I cleaned, polished and 'adjusted' them. Being hand-crafted, they are each a little different. Smile Vive la difference!

I also found the original label (shopkeeper handwriting: see picture) which prices the brushes in Old Francs which changed to New Francs in 1960. I'm saying 1958, as they had apparently been in the shop a little while. Plus 1958 is my birth year. Smile "Etuis" at 50F is the small price for the plastic containers. You can see there was a discount price for the two brushes.

The bottom of the handle unscrews, and inside were some horn scrapings which I burnt to double check I wasn't looking as plastic. Yes, horn. Smells like burnt hair: a dead giveaway.

Also one base wasn't quite snug (a small gap) but I rubbed the bottom of the upper handle with wet and dry until the handle now screws on perfectly.

Handle height (av.): 35mm
Loft: 38mm
Knot: 17mm

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 01-08-2019, 07:28 AM
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Those are really nice handles and a good find indeed. Like the fact the handles screw on at the base.

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 01-08-2019, 12:20 PM
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(01-08-2019, 07:28 AM)Garb Wrote: Those are really nice handles and a good find indeed. Like the fact the handles screw on at the base.

Indeed. When you think about it, the need to do this makes sense. The base needs to be wider, and the natural taper of horn might not in itself suffice. It does add another dimension, for sure, and pays testament to the skill of the maker. As I understand it, turning horn can be a very tricky business indeed!

Glad you appreciate these little sculptures, Garb! Smile

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 01-08-2019, 06:09 PM
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They’re so cute! =P
Nice score!!!

Side note: How did you polish them? I have a horn Romera, and all I’ve done is use neatsfoot oil. Is there something else I can do to polish it?

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 01-08-2019, 06:35 PM
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(01-08-2019, 06:09 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: They’re so cute! =P
Nice score!!!

Side note: How did you polish them? I have a horn Romera, and all I’ve done is use neatsfoot oil. Is there something else I can do to polish it?

Hi V

I used (Autosol) acrylic polish and piece of fine cloth, just to bring them up.

I think it also depends on the density of the horn. Some horn is quite fine-grained and ‘tight’; some a little more grainy and less responsive to buffing.

Shaun

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 01-08-2019, 07:51 PM
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Trying to work out what "DOX" means in the label. "Mi" could mean "half"... kinda, assuming "each" or "one of two".  Any native Fench speakers here?

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