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clthg-brushes-msg - 11/4/18


Use of clothing brushes in period to clean clothes rather than washing.


NOTE: See also the files: Black-Sope-art, p-cleaning-msg, P-Spot-Removl-art, soapmaking-msg. clthg-storage-msg, Soapmakng-CMA-art, Hist-of-Soap-art.





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From the fb "SCA Garb" group:


Kevin Taner

looking for recommendations.

June 26, 2018 at 10:08am

In Mikhaila and Malcolm-Davies, "The Tudor Tailor", it's stated that outerwear in the Tudor period was cleaned with a brush(rather than being washed with water), but it doesn't go into detail about what kind of brush. This modern butlering website mentions a boar's hair brush for the same purpose, which I guess would have at least been possible for Tudor people. Does anyone know more about these brushes or where a good one could be found today? I looked at a horse hair shoe shine brush, but it seemed too soft-bristled for cleaning with. There are lots of boar hair brushes on amazon, but they're mostly for hair and beards, would they work? Any information or suggestions are appreciated.




Jill Halley

As long as you got one with short bristles there tougher than you think you can try going to Sally's they sell them there

June 26 at 10:20am


Jill Halley Any kind of Beauty Supply or Walmart even carries them


Kevin Taner

You mean Walmart carries boar's hair brushes?

June 26 at 10:24am


Jill Halley

Yes they do look in the hair care and over in the shoe polishing stuff

June 26 at 10:25am


Jill Halley

And if you want you can go to any kind of farm store that sales horse grooming equipment they have.


Joyce Jocetta Thrushleigh Baldwin

Look in the guys or "ethnic" section if they have a separate section for that. They are used for "polishing" short, pomaded hair.


Ann Wisnieski

This is the one my husband uses for his suits and hats. https://www.thebutlerscloset.com/products/english-horn-clothes-brush-handcarved

June 26 at 10:31am


Charles Mellor

A flat brush will work much better than one with a rounded profile.

June 26 at 10:54am


Karen Oxford

Southern States or any livestock feed store. I like the ones intended for kids to groom ponies as they fit my small hands better.


Caitlin Gleason

I use a boar bristle hairbrush from Walmart for everything from modern hats to garb. Never had an issue with wear and tear on the brush or the clothes.

June 26 at 3:10pm


Caitlin Gleason

Although if you want a fancy periodish looking one, my fiancée's beard brush from Smokey Mountain Beard Co. comes to mind.

June 26 at 3:11pm


Kathryn Belt

Fuller Brush also makes "clothes brushes."


Kevin Taner

Thanks for all the recommendations! Does anyone know if boar's hair is the right material for a Tudor (or otherwise SCA period) clothes brush?

June 28 at 9:53am


Kimiko Small

Yes, it is.

July 2 at 3:17pm


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