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Antique French Sterling Silver Gentleman's Shaving Brush & Case, Seashell Motif
Antique Belle Époque era French sterling silver gentleman's shaving brush. This antique shaving brush is housed in a sterling silver case. The top pops off and the brush is pushed up through the open bottom of the case. Sleek and elegant styling to these pieces, further decorated with scalloped sea shells. The brush head is of natural bristles, horse hair or badger bristles? The end of the silver handle unscrews allowing for the brush knot to be removed. The brush knot is loose inside the handle, we've left it this way should you decide to replace the knot for use. Hallmarks located on the lid, case and shaving brush handle. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, depicting the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). The lid and case bear maker's marks for silversmith Ernest Pot, active 1904-1908, who commenced trade at 7 rue Blondel, Paris. The brush handle bears maker's marks for silversmith Charles Barrier, active 1905-1923 at 7 rue Réaumur, Paris. In overall good condition with a some dimples commensurate with age and use. Because the case and brush handle bear different silversmith marks, likely this is a 'married set' but matches well with the brush fitting well within the case. Stands 3 3/8" height x 1 5/8" diameter base on the case. Total weight is 103.6 grams.
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