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Shaving brush

AAA0039
Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, Trade and Commerce
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA0039
Description A whalebone-handled brush, possibly a shaving brush. The handle has a removable key in the end. An example of the utilitarian items made from whalebone such as clothes pegs and pie crimpers. It may have been made commercially rather than by whalemen. This type of item is stll regarded as scrimshaw. It is likely to be associated with the London whale fleet.
Date made 19th century

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bone; bristle
Measurements Overall: 89 x 20 mm
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  • Shaving brush (AAA0039)
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