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Silver brush owned by members of the Ellis family

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Created by
Black, Starr & Frost, American, founded 1810
Medium
silver, horsehair, and wood
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2 x 1 3/4 x 6 in. (5.1 x 4.4 x 15.2 cm)
Type
brushes
Place used
Orange County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
late 19th-early 20th century
Description
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.
Topic
African American
Domestic life
Families
Hair
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Clara Ellis Payne
Object number
2012.42.8.3
Rights
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Exhibition
Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Second Floor, 2 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture