Medieval knight in shining armor sterling silver shaving brush

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by bladeshark, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    That's a really good suggestion! Thanks Mike.
  2. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    I feel it is just meant to be admired. If you want to use it, I would recommend changing out the knot for something better.
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  3. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    Far out man!
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  4. BamaT

    BamaT Well-Known Member

    Great story!
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  5. BamaT

    BamaT Well-Known Member

    Beat me to it! I was also thinking Antique Roadshow.
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  6. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

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  7. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    I used the brush for this morning's shave. I'm not a germaphobe but I did give it two thorough washings before use just to be on the safe side.

    When applying the lather I noticed it had a "gamey" smell like a new badger brush gets. Opposite of a pleasant aroma. I'm wondering if it was actually it's maiden voyage. The brush did it's job fine. A little scritchier than I would have thought for a badger, but nice nonetheless. Easy to hold and work with. With it wet it went back into the holder pretty easy since the hair was all bunched together. We'll see how it looks when it dries. I'm sure it will be fine.

    I don't plan on using it again. I'm glad I did, mind you, but I don't want to put it in the rotation. It was ok but not so outstanding I would rush to do it again.
  8. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    Were you able to set it into the stand bristle up?
    Most have a flat surface on the bottom to set it down on while full of lather, i thought from the pics you could set it in the stand upside down.
    Still very cool set, i have gotten vintage brushes that we're never used, they all smelled of wet dog(badger anyway), some of the boars were worse (maybe wet dog rolled in old pork rinds)
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  9. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    Yep, it stands nicely in the stand bristles up. You can actually rotate it fully around once the side pins are sitting in their respective grooves.
  10. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    Can you post a pic of the little guy hiding on the inside of the stand?
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  11. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    I wondered what you meant by that. I don't see a little dude on the inside of the stand. I went back to the original pictures and I assume you mean this:


    Creepy. I think it was just a trick of the light at a certain angle.
  12. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    For those who remember my little story of this brush... I have an update. I now know it's story and age. It's a sterling silver copy of a one-of-a-kind 14k gold promotional brush. It sold for $400 in 1947.

    Knights_Head_handle_brush.jpg Knight_brush_Silver.jpg
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  13. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    WOW :eek: even the sterling silver at $400 would be almost $4500 today.
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  14. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    Here is another view of it

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  15. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering where the gold original got to. Hmm... Sherman, set the Wayback machine for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May, 1947!

    BTW, I love the quote in that second article: "No woman today goes for a guy with a beaver."
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  16. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    :sad027: and I thought brushes were getting expensive these days.

    Thank you for posting that
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  17. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    It's funny when Rubberset stated that they sold many $1000 brushes in the 20's. WOW!!!
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  18. Shadow Shaver

    Shadow Shaver Well-Known Member

    I'm glad that you found such an amazing set. Thank you for sharing the history with us.
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  19. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    Don't shave with it. Just lock it up in a vault for safe keeping and surround it by a motte..:transport024:
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  20. bladeshark

    bladeshark Well-Known Member

    I must say this one has been quite rewarding. I'm not going to wet the brush again. Knowing it's history and that right now it's 71 years old is just awesome. What a wonderful research project that finally came together.

    It's going into the safe tonight to be appreciated only on occasion so that I don't take it for granted.

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