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Have a Brush with Fame with Mason Pearson

Mason Pearson hair brushes and combs have been British icons for generations. The company, still family-owned, dates back 130 years.

History of Mason Pearson

Mason Pearson, an English engineer and inventor, began his career designing wool processing looms in Bradford. He met and married Mary Avis and the couple moved from Bradford in Yorkshire, Northern England to London. Mason worked at the British Steam Brush Works in London’s East End. He joined a partnership, later known as Raper Pearson and Gill, which was in the business of general small-brush making. At the time, the brushes were made by hand. Mason Pearson incorporated the knowledge from his time in the wool processing industry to spark the invention of an automatic brush-boring machine to speed up the process of brush making and, in 1885 public recognition of this resulted in his being awarded a Silver Medal at the International Inventions Exhibition in London.

In the same year he extended the idea to the inspirational ‘pneumatic’ rubber-cushion hairbrush.

Same names, same styles, same high quality

The basic product has barely changed since the 1920s and some of the original model names are still the same today: Large Extra, Small Extra, Popular and Junior. The famous orange rubber pad fills with air through a small hole in the tip of the brush, giving the hairbrush a luxurious soft cushion. The high quality boar bristle ensures beautiful results and longevity of use.

The plastic handle shape was developed from the original wooden models, which are still made in small quantities. These handles are hand-finished to remove any sharp edges and make the hairbrush more comfortable to hold.

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