Posted 4 years ago
As I have said in my previous posts I'm trying to search out different things that Bernard Instone designed. This hair brush is just that sort of thing I'm looking for, also the beauty of it, it is signed, prefect. The enamel is typical of his work, I do have jewellery with enameling identical which he didn't sign, this brush confirms to me that these pieces are his. Around the top rim you can see the hand hammered silver, I think the bristles are horse hair, which bothered me a bit, but I do know Bernard Instone loved horses. During the WW1 he was so upset about the number of horses killed, so I'm presuming that the hair probably came from the grooming. There are still pieces of silver gold hair in the bristles, obviously from a child, I don't know whether to leave them or take them out.
Many thanks for looking