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Ruggles Beach, Ohio Souvenir Clothes Brush/ Whisk Broom, 1940's - 50's
Anybody from northern Ohio knows that the shores of Lake Erie are the place to spend those hot summer days. On the Lake Shore Drive between Cleveland and Sandusky there are a series of resort beaches. One of them is Ruggles Beach. This has been a popular resort community of summer cottages since the early 1900's. We are offering a souvenir from that time and place. It is a whisk broom or clothing brush in a leatherette case designed to hang on the wall. Stamped on it in silver is "Souvenir of Ruggles Beach, O." The bristles are 4 inches long, the broom is a total of 5.625 inches long, and the holder is 5.75 inches long. When the broom is inserted into the holder the whole piece is about 7 inches long because the handle of the broom extends out of the bottom of the holder. The leatherette case is in good condition with minor scuffs. The whisk broom is also in good condition. There is some minor age darkening along the tips of the bristles. Some of the bristles are frayed up near the handle as a result of the broom being put into and taken out of the holder. This is natural wear that would be expected from an item that has seen some use over the years. The handle is painted wood and the base of the brush is crimped plastic. The bristles are still snug in the brush and it is ready to be used. This is a great travel souvenir from a bygone era.
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