“Every man who shaves himself has no doubt experienced the uncomfortable sensation brought about by the lather running down his wrist from the brush. The saving brush here illustrated prevents this annoying occurrence by means of a drip cup made of pure rubber, which surrounds the brush at its base. The handle is suitably shaped so that the brush can be placed in a standing position. The ferrule is made of aluminum. The manufacturers claim that the specially made lather brush is the only one that will both spread the lather and rub it in at one operation; also that the ferrule and handle will not swell, shrink, crack or loosen.” So claimed a notice concerning the Heldite Shaving Brush in The India Rubber World (Jan. 1, 1916): 174.
An inscription on the rim of this example reads“DESIGN PAT. / . . . / TRADE HELDTITE MARK.”
Ref: Charles E. Thompson, “Design for a Handle for Shaving-Brushes,” U.S. Design Patent 48,050 (Oct. 26, 1915), assigned to The Heldtite Brush Co., Inc., of Troy, N.Y.
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