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PLEASE NOTE:
International shipping is not available for this item.  Also, pending further government legislation, antique ivory can only be shipped to limited destinations within the United States.  If interested in possible purchase, please inquire via our Contact link with destination specifics.

Material:  Natural antique ivory
Size:  Length ~ 7 & 1/2 inches
         Width ~ 1 & 13/16 inches
         Height ~ 1 & 3/4 inches
Quantity:  1

We were very fortunate to acquire a large group of 130 year old antique Victorian ivory vanity items from a direct descendant of the original owner.  These fine ivory pieces were initially purchased by a wealthy East coast aristocrat in the early 1880s, during the 19th century period known as the Gilded Age, an era of upper class opulence and wealth.  Each piece is available individually here on our web site.  Please see the last image above for a picture of all the items grouped together and history / provenance information.

This listing is for the brush pictured in the upper right of the last image/group photo above and shown in detail in the preceding images.  Please note:  placing your cursor on the image will enlarge it for a more detailed view.

Is is rectangle in form, with very high quality, dense natural bristles.   Brushes of this type would have been used at milady`s boudoir dressing table for hair combing, as well as for clothes and hats, etc.

This fine antique brush features a beautiful and unbelievably intricate carved ivory monogram at top center, similar to carving work attributed to the Dieppe area of France, a historical center famous for fine quality hand carved ivory.  The monogram is so fancy  and elaborate it could be interpreted as any number of initials, however due to the family supplied provenance we know definitively that the three letters represented on this piece, as on all the other pieces in the group, are:  MST.   Please note this set was custom made for the owner and likely part of her 1881 dowry / bridal / wedding trousseau.

The ivory handle feels very smooth and cool to the touch.  Beautiful graining and a rich warm patina is present throughout.  This brush matches the other pieces in the group, which feature all of the definitive aspects required to confirm natural ivory, including the distinctive grain and very visible cross hatching pattern known as Schreger lines, sometimes also described as stacked chevrons, diamond or V shapes.

The brush is in exceptionally nice antique estate condition, with no breaks, cracks, stains, etc.  A few expected tiny age lines, see largest to left of monogram in second image and a single minute, 1mm rub/scuff to upper left edge, both extremely minor and insignificant.  The natural bristles remain securely intact, very clean, nice and dense.

A very high quality antique brush, likely French in origin and customized for a wealthy East coast aristocrat. Exquisitely crafted and finely carved from substantial, thick, heavy ivory, with great attention to detail. Even 130 years ago this certainly would have been a very costly vanity item.  The outstanding condition indicates it was cherished and well cared for.

Please see the other related 19th century ivory items also listed in this same category.

Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881

$ 149.00


Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881 Close up magnified image of elaborate monogram - Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881 Image showing nice condition of natural bristles - Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881 Close up magnified view of distinct grain pattern on brush handle top - Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881 Close up magnified view of distinct grain pattern on brush handle edge - Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881 Additional items from same estate - Quality Antique Victorian Ivory Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881

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