Gorham Shaving Brush in Sterling Tube
This item is a novel shaving brush and container produced by Gorham with a date c. 1895. It is comprised of three pieces. The first is a 3" by 1" round cylinder with lid. This is fitted with a shaving brush set into a sterling base that slides into the tube when closed up and sets in the end of it when in use. Lastly, there is a lid for the open end. It is model number C1128 as marked on the rim of the largest piece. It is also stamped lion, anchor, G, and "Sterling" in the same locale and "Sterling" on the brush base. This does not seem to appear in the catalogs of the period, but a similar function cut glass with sterling top "shaving tube" is illustrated in the 1896 catalog (see image 2). The brush is high quality, soft bristle. The height when the brush is set into the base is 5 1/2". The tube only, excluding the silver brush base, weighs 1.4 T. oz. There is an overall acid etched scroll and leaf design on the cylinder and cover, and no monogram or inscription, or removal of same. The piece is in excellent condition. There are two dimple dings on the rim of the lid and two pinprick nicks on the wall of the tube, otherwise there are no signs of use. The design is absent polishing wear and the finish is pleasing. The bristles are secure in their base and not worn.