02-19-2021, 08:10 AM
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I've recently come into ownership of this very old brush, it came with a straight razor which dated from the 1890s so I presume it's of a similar timeframe. Handle material is definitely ivory, though I'm unsure which animal... The knot is silvertip badger and is in mint condition, sadly the handle has a couple of cracks and chips on the bottom but is still structurally sound.

The handle measures 60mm tall and 30mm in diameter, the knot is 53mm tall and 23mm in diameter.

I'm trying to value it, at present I only know what it owes me which isn't particularly helpful! Anyone able to offer guesstimates or ballpark figures?

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 02-19-2021, 08:13 AM
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  • ChiefBroom
  • Chief of Dark Holler
  • North Central Colorado, USA
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Wow! It's stunning.

There aren't enough brushes like this passing around to serve valuation. It's worth whatever you can get for it. If you want to sell it and get highest value, I'd auction it with a reserve. Or you could list it somewhere on a make-an-offer basis.

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 02-19-2021, 08:16 AM
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Here is a short video showing size next to a Simpsons PJ3:




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 02-19-2021, 09:24 AM
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(02-19-2021, 08:13 AM)ChiefBroom Wrote: Wow! It's stunning.

There aren't enough brushes like this passing around to serve valuation. It's worth whatever you can get for it. If you want to sell it and get highest value, I'd auction it with a reserve. Or you could list it somewhere on a make-an-offer basis.


Thanks for your input Mr Broom, much appreciated! What you say makes sense, it's sad so few such examples survived.

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 02-19-2021, 09:29 AM
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  • ChiefBroom
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(02-19-2021, 09:24 AM)Rohleder Wrote:
(02-19-2021, 08:13 AM)ChiefBroom Wrote: Wow! It's stunning.

There aren't enough brushes like this passing around to serve valuation. It's worth whatever you can get for it. If you want to sell it and get highest value, I'd auction it with a reserve. Or you could list it somewhere on a make-an-offer basis.


Thanks for your input Mr Broom, much appreciated! What you say makes sense, it's sad so few such examples survived.

The handle reminds me of some that cropped up on eBay several years ago that as I recall were all from and 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Exposition). I still kick myself in the ass for not bidding more aggressively on any of them. But I'm pretty sure I downloaded all the photos. They're on a backup drive somewhere.

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 02-19-2021, 09:47 AM
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(02-19-2021, 09:29 AM)ChiefBroom Wrote:
(02-19-2021, 09:24 AM)Rohleder Wrote:
(02-19-2021, 08:13 AM)ChiefBroom Wrote: Wow! It's stunning.

There aren't enough brushes like this passing around to serve valuation. It's worth whatever you can get for it. If you want to sell it and get highest value, I'd auction it with a reserve. Or you could list it somewhere on a make-an-offer basis.


Thanks for your input Mr Broom, much appreciated! What you say makes sense, it's sad so few such examples survived.

The handle reminds me of some that cropped up on eBay several years ago that as I recall were all from and 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Exposition). I still kick myself in the ass for not bidding more aggressively on any of them. But I'm pretty sure I downloaded all the photos. They're on a backup drive somewhere.

Fascinating, I'm familiar with the Crystal Palace exposition in London and also the infamous one in Paris 1937 which saw Russia and Germany sabre rattling but know nothing of the Philadelphia one, thanks for the link.

I suppose that is what the London/Paris/Philadelphia gold medal stamp is all about on some vintage Swedish razors? I only just put two and two together.

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 02-19-2021, 03:58 PM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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Mine: A two-piece with new Shaemac knot:

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...ight=Ivory

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 02-20-2021, 02:01 AM
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(02-19-2021, 03:58 PM)Shaun Wrote: Mine: A two-piece with new Shaemac knot:

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...ight=Ivory

That's beautiful! I prefer yours Biggrin

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 02-20-2021, 02:17 AM
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(02-20-2021, 02:01 AM)Rohleder Wrote:
(02-19-2021, 03:58 PM)Shaun Wrote: Mine: A two-piece with new Shaemac knot:

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...ight=Ivory

That's beautiful! I prefer yours Biggrin

Each has its unique style and characteristics!

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