Gentlemen in the eighteenth century often travelled with compact razor cases that held their personal set of shaving and dressing supplies. One such case, possibly belonging to George Washington, contained this shaving brush. Introduced in the mid-eighteenth century, the brush allowed users to apply ample lather to their face without dirtying their hands. The black and white bristles appear to be badger hair, considered to be the best for the purpose. More

Date

1780-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Hair, silver, wood, iron


Dimensions

Overall (box): 5 5/8 in. x 7/8 in. x 1/2 in. (14.29 cm x 2.22 cm x 1.27 cm)
Overall (brush): 2 5/8 in. x 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. (6.67 cm x 2.22 cm x 1.59 cm)
Other (Brush without handle): 3/4 in. x 7/8 in. x 5/8 in. (1.91 cm x 2.22 cm x 1.59 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1951


Object Number

W-1598/F


Colors


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