Vintage VICTORIAN HEADACHE BRUSH WHALEBONE BRISTLES QUACK MEDICINE Made England

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Seller: resourceresale (160) 100%, Location: Beavercreek, Oregon, Ships to: US, Item: 273985769064 This is a rare Victorian era Headache Brush labeled as Invigorating & Refreshing and Recommended by Physicians. Made in England, the brush is solid wood with whalebone bristles made of baleen, the filter feeding system from a whale's mouth. The baleen bristles are quite stiff and strong--one might compare them to a very stiff nylon bristle but there is width and size variation because they are a natural product. The brush is 9 1/2" long. The bristles almost 2" tall and well intact. On the back of the beautiful wood handle and body of the brush are tiny brass screws. The front of the brush has a clearly marked label by the manufacturer with the name and intent of the brush. It is numbered #145. It's also labeled WHALEBONE ENGLAND. This is a beautiful and interesting early medical quackery device suggested to cure headaches in terrific condition for its age. Such an unusual and charming piece of medical and personal grooming history. Condition: Beautiful antique

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