CARVED Japanese Geisha VINTAGE deco Brush
If you want to own a wonderful old piece of Japanese workmanship then this carved ( genuine French ivory ) large hairbrush is it. This is cold to the touch and it has a lot of weight to it. I think the brush is horse hair. The carving on the back of the geisha is really detailed. Most of the emailing in the crevices is still there. This is marked French IVORY on the brush side. (French Ivory is an imitation of ivory tusk in grained celluloid or plastic. "French Ivory" is a registered trademark. Other ivory imitations, not quite as good, were Ivorette, Ivorine, Ivory Pyralin, and DuBarry Pyralin. In the 1870's, there was a shortage of ivory for billiard balls and a $10,0000 prize was offered to anyone who could produce a substitute. John Wesley Hyatt mixed nitric acid and cellulose (guncotton), to make celluloid. It was the first plastic to look like ivory. IT is in very good gently used condition and the white spot you see on the inside handle is just a sticker. This measures 9" long and 3" wide.A real nice Asian Vanity piece.
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