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A Very Interesting & Unusual Whisk Brush, Possibly for a Bibliophile
Morocco Leather with Ormolu Ornament
Fine Broom Bristle, Horsehair and Ebony
English or French
18th or Early 19th Century
Each Measures:- 24 cm high x 32.5 cm wide
A beautifully made and very interesting object. This double-ended whisk brush has one end formed of stiff natural broom, the other of soft horsehair. Each brush is held within a turned ebony band, fitted with an ornamental ring of decorative ormolu. The central tube compartment pulls open to form a container. The Morocco leather originally green, now faded to brown.
This brush was possibly designed for a librarian or bibliophile to dust their books. The central container possibly for use as a pen holder.
Commensurate with age and usage. As above the Morocco leather originally green, now faded to brown. The internal cylindrical section scuffed over time where slid apart.