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cellulose nitrate (handle material)
boar bristles (brush material)
overall: 16.9 cm x 7 cm x 3 cm; 6 5/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 3/16 in
overall: 1 5/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 8.89 cm x 17.145 cm
This unusual brush, called a bonnet brush, has natural bristles set into a cream celluloid base with a long handle. It's marked "Solid French Ivory."
French Ivory was a trade name of the J. B. Ash Co. of Rockford, Ill.
Currently not on view
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