|Homeworking brush drawer East End London 19th C (Society of Brushmaker Decendents) . |
You can still see the twine sewn into the ridges at the back. On the reverse loops are just visible, nestling in each hole. The brush would have been finished with a back which was either stuck on with fish glue, the posher ones were screwed on. No screw holes in this one, so the commoner type I think. I can't work out if it's made of bone, horn or wood. Lovely comfy indentations for your thumb and forefinger, it would have been a rather cute hairbrush, I suspect from the 19th century.
|Drilling holes in the brush backs (brushmakers.com)|
All of which I imagine would have arrived via the Thames.
|The Rhinebeck Panorama of London c. 1807|