Vintage 1930s Pullman Railroad Conductors Valet Brush Railroadiana. This conductors clothing brush was made for the Pullman Railroad by Gerts - Lumbard & Co. circa 1930. It has a VERY CLEAN / unused black bristle brush held by a silver tone metal band. The wood hand is sanded smooth and marked: Pullman Brush Car Scrub Gerts - Lumbard & Co.
A perfect gift for your favorite Railroadiana collector!
This was used by the Pullman conductor to brush off passenger coats, hats, seats, and other upholstered furniture on the Pullman cars. The handle is sanded to a point, presumably to pick out bits and pieces from corners and seams on a seat cover or jacket.
It is 2 - 1/2 inch wide and is 9 inches long. The silver tone metal is marked 2 -1/2 inch. The handle is marked as noted. Very clean item. The brush shows NO SIGNS of use. There is some minor wear to the pointed end. Obtained from the original owner who was a conductor in the 1920s and 1930s.
This item comes from the estate of a gentleman who started with the Pullman Railroad as a conductor in the early 1920s. He worked primarily on the Union Pacific line. He finished his career in the late 1960s as a regional supervisor. Complete provenance will be provided to the buyer. He was a family friend and gifted this to me.
The Pullman Sleeping Car was invented by George Pullman in 1857. Pullman's railroad coach or sleeper was designed for overnight passenger travel.
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