This rare antique tortoiseshell brush set dates to the late 1800's & is absolutely stunning!
As you can see, each brush features ornate hand beading on the top, along with intricate mother of pearl design along the top of each piece. The hand beading has a beautiful design; the centers all feature a floral motif, with the ends/surrounding areas done in an ornate design. The bead colors are: blue/turquoise, white, mat & clear white, red, silver, gold, brown, green & light gold. Most of the colors are featured on each brush, but there are a few that are only featured on a particular brush.
One of the brushes has a 4 ¼" X 1" wooden handle.
The bristles on all the brushes are very soft.
The size of each brush, measuring from the top is: Handled brush: 9 ¼" long X 2" wide; medium brush: 6 ½" long X 2 1/8" wide; small brush: 6 3/8" long X 1 3/8" wide.
The overall condition is very good to excellent, with the following to note: as you can see by some of my photos, there are two cracks & one chip (3/8" wide at the edge & small at the top). Please see pic # 4 for how the cracks look from the top.The end with the chip & one of the cracks is a bit loose; this should be an easy fix. This brush has three rows of bristles at the chipped end, which have worn down almost to the end. The beadwork appears to be all there, with no missing beads visibly noticeable. The top beadwork edges have pulled away slightly from the tortoiseshell frame, so there are very small areas where you see the beige mesh, which the beadwork was stitched onto.
This is a gorgeous & rare antique brush set, which I know you will love.
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