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VANITY & BOUDOIR ITEMS > PAGE 5

Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe
Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe

PLEASE NOTE:
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nternational shipping is not available for this item.  It will only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Material:  Natural antique ivory
Size:  Length ~ apx. 9 & 1/2 inches
         Width ~ 1 & 13/16 inches
         Height ~ apx . 1 & 1/2 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 a hair brush acquired from the same estate with the other ivory items pictured in the last image/group photo above and shown in detail in the preceding images.  This brush has the same provenance, however the monogram is slightly different, as is design, so we did not include it in the group image, but know with certainty that it has a family connection.

Although the black highlighting the monogram has lightened somewhat from age we can clearly see the initial
M and what we believe to be H, so we feel this brush likely belong to Margaret before her marriage. This would date it to an earlier period than the other family items show above in the group image;  apx. 140 plus years ago, around the 1860s ~ 1870s Napoleon III era.  The pieces pictured in the group image above were custom made and likely part of her 1881 dowry / bridal / wedding trousseau.  They display 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.

This particular brush displays beautiful graining indicative of natural ivory, along with a rich warm patina. Tactilely it feels very smooth and cool to the touch.  It is rectangle in form, with a fancy Victorian monogram at top center and a beautiful twist design handle accented at base with exquisitely carved leaf detail.  I have seen similar ivory carving work attributed to the French Dieppe area, a historical center famous for fine quality hand carved ivory and feel it quite likely that this hairbrush originated in France.  It features very high quality, dense natural bristles.

The brush is in very nice antique estate condition.  Some expected shallow age lines on the handle that do not affect integrity, or even significantly impact aesthetics, as they are are mainly on the side and not readily visible.  Please note that age lines occur naturally and are commonly found on antique ivory.  In fact experts and those familiar with 19th century ivory expect to find similar evidence of age and consider such further confirmation of this natural material.   See multiple images above for your review.  The natural bristles remain securely intact, with only two small plugs noted missing at upper left.  (see second to last image) As would be expected of a much loved 140 year old vanity item, the bristles do show some wear, mainly to the outer perimeter, but they are still very dense and full.

A very high quality 140+ year old beautifully carved natural ivory 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.

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

Antique Victorian Ivory Hair Brush, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1860s, French Dieppe

$ 179.00

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