11-14-2020, 06:36 PM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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Hello all (scroll down for pictures).

I picked this quite nice little brush up today (cheaply, please don't hate me!) and have been trying to research it as much as I can. I could only find references to the GFT I.B.10. and the I.B.11. (and to a lesser extent the 6 and the 8).

What I do now know is that "IB" stands for Ivan Bersch, owner of Trumpers from the 50s or 60s, and the numbering clearly designates the variations in the IB series. This information was picked up from older threads (sibling websites) discussing the strange behaviour of Trumper quite a few years back now where they continued to sell brushes based on exact replicas of Simpson brushes, also using the well-known model names like "Chubby" and so on, causing great consternation and sullying relations with Gary Young and family. But that’s another discussion.

I believe this to be one of the last of a series of brushes produced by Simpson/Vulfix for Trumper. Gary Young confirms that the "IB" series were indeed made by Simpson for Trumper. As I understand it, the IBs were made in the 80s and perhaps into the 90s, however, I have never seen or heard of the "I.B.2." and yet here we have one. Anyone ever seen one? Note also the box colour, which might provide a clue.

Dimensions:

Overall height: 100mm
Handle height: 49mm
Loft height: 51
Knot: 22

Seems to have reasonable backbone, tips are very fine. Seem to me more like what Simpson would call "Best Badger", perhaps just a notch better.

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 11-14-2020, 11:24 PM
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  • Shaun
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A post-wash (light, and a bit of hair conditioner). Loft is very close - if not the same - as the Simpson 57. Liking it a bit more:

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 11-15-2020, 06:03 AM
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  • chazt
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Shaun, you retain the title, Reigning Monarch of Brush Acquisition. Well done! This is a fabulous and furry example of brushiness for sure. Thank you for sharing this piece of shaving history. Enjoy Smile

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 11-15-2020, 09:10 AM
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  • timwcic
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Incredible find, NOS with box, WOW. 

It big brother lives in Florida. I scored the I.B. 11 years ago and a privilege to have in my den

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 11-15-2020, 09:12 AM
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  • timwcic
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I posted this years ago on another forum. Never seen or heard of a #2 before 

This rare beauty came to me in a box of brushes from a storage auction. The GFT I.B. 11 were made by Vulfux and only sold thru Trumper and at the Curzon Street location. They were designed to the dimensions & shape by than owner of GFT, Mr Ivan Bersch, his initials are in the model number. There were three other models, I.B. 6, 8, and 10. The knot on this brush is 32 x 60 mm with a overall height of 120mm. The knot is uber soft, very dense so not to floppy. The handle is very comfortable with a heavy size to weight ratio. A joy to use.

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 11-15-2020, 11:41 AM
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  • Shaun
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(11-15-2020, 09:12 AM)timwcic Wrote: I posted this years ago on another forum. Never seen or heard of a #2 before 

This rare beauty came to me in a box of brushes from a storage auction. The GFT I.B. 11 were made by Vulfux and only sold thru Trumper and at the Curzon Street location. They were designed to the dimensions & shape by than owner of GFT, Mr Ivan Bersch, his initials are in the model number. There were three other models, I.B. 6, 8, and 10. The knot on this brush is 32 x 60 mm with a overall height of 120mm. The knot is uber soft, very dense so not to floppy. The handle is very comfortable with a heavy size to weight ratio. A joy to use.

Thank you Tim, and Chazt! 

The I.B.11. certainly looks a hefty, and superb brush in this series, wow! 32 x60 knot!! Glad to have contributed to the knowledge base.

I have to admit that when I saw the I.B.2. I had no idea of its vintage. This is why documentation is so important. I think it was upon reading your old thread, Tim, that I was pointed in the right direction.

As for my being the 'King', well, not I'm so sure! I look at Dave from the Couv and think, wow! look at all those brushes! His is an incredible source of information, and I think the title is surely his!

Thank you all. correspondence is always encouraging and enjoyable.

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 11-16-2020, 04:35 PM
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  • timwcic
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We know of the I.B. 6, 8, 10, and 11. Now for the first time, a  I.B. 2.  Now the wait begins for the I.B. 4 to make its grand reappearance 

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 11-16-2020, 08:30 PM
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  • Shaun
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(11-16-2020, 04:35 PM)timwcic Wrote: We know of the I.B. 6, 8, 10, and 11. Now for the first time, a  I.B. 2.  Now the wait begins for the I.B. 4 to make its grand reappearance 

I recall coming across a reference somewhere to an old Trumper brush catalogue. That would be interesting to see ... if such a thing even exists. 

I tried checking out old adverts too, but zilch. In time, more information is bound to come to light. 

We shall see.

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