Created by
Black, Starr & Frost, American, founded 1810
late 19th-early 20th century
silver, horsehair, and wood
H x W x D: 2 x 1 3/4 x 6 in. (5.1 x 4.4 x 15.2 cm)
Decorative silver handled brush. There is a monogrammed engraved "M" at the center of the handle. This brush consists of a comb holder and comb strips of bristles. It is an elongated oval or a rectangle with half circular short ends. The outer covering of the handle is sterling silver with an egg and dart pattern around the circumference of the upper ridge. The silver covers a wooden comb holder insert housing 1 ½” semi-stiff yellow horsehair bristles. The wood is covered in thin wood or plastic veneer with circular holes for the horsehair to pass through. The silver is adorned in repoussé floral scrollwork. A maker’s mark is stamped into the side that reads [BLACK STARR & FROST.] with a tiny falcon with its head turned to the proper right. Also stamped into the side is the text [STERLING 37]. The initials [MM] or [WW] are engraved on the top surface.
Place used
Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Personal Effects and Items
Domestic life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

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