I was browsing in a Paris antique shop one winter afternoon when a fitted leather train case caught my eye.
It contained silver-handled brushes, boot hooks, a straight razor, several silver-stoppered glass bottles.
One bottle was different. Encased in yew wood, with a handwritten date: 1903.
Inside the bottle, there was still the faint aroma of a gentleman’s cologne. Custom-made for a rich traveler a century ago.
The analysis I commissioned said “old woody fougère.” Clean citrus notes, bergamot, “green notes.” The middle notes: clary sage, cardamom. The dry-down: leather notes, smoky labdanum... elemi, tabac, frankincense.1903 Badger Shaving Brush (No. 1281). Best possible brush (has been for centuries). Soft, properly shaped Silver-Tip Badger. Handsome dark mock-tortoise shell base, feels good in your hand. 4" overall.
Recommended Care Instructions: After use, rinse in clear, warm water to remove shaving cream/soap. Hang on stand for silvertip hair to air dry. Take care of your shaving brush and it will last for many years.
1903 Concentrated Shaving Cream (No. 1403), a six-month supply in a little tub. Rich, thick lather (extremely concentrated—try to control yourself.) Outstanding when used with brush. 7 oz.
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