B is for Brushmaker
By GRANT, John, 1751
Brush Maker And late partner with Mr John Thomas deceas’d, Son of the late Mrs Ann Pitham… Makes and sells all sorts of Ship & House Brushes, Brooms, Mops & Hair Sives; all Orders in the Brush-making trade in the cheapest and best Manner, as in Mr. Pitham’s time, and punctually comply’d with. Likewise all sorts of Goods in the Turnery Way. Howard’s Masheen and Ball; and the Strongest and Best of Shoe-makers & Harness-makers hairs. Painters Brushes & Tools for Country, Town & Exportation. N.B. The most ready Money for good Bees Wax, Hogs Hair & Horse Hair.
- Author: GRANT, John
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: London Bridge, At the Four Brushes, the Corner of the Square
- Publication date: 1751–59
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 180 by 140mm (7 by 5.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 18100
Grant’s trade card is surmounted by an illustration of his shop sign, with the copious text beneath surrounded by an ornate framework made up of decorative motifs and the tools of the trade. The text establishes Grant’s authority in the realm of brushmaking by describing him as “late partner with Mr John Thomas deceas’d, Son of the late Mrs Ann Pitham” and assuring potential customers that Grant continues to operate “in the cheapest and best Manner, as in Mr. Pitham’s time”. Although little evidence of their businesses remains, it is clear that Ann Pitham and her son must have been well-establishes brushmakers themselves. Grant’s card also advertises the availability of “Bees Wax, Hogs Hair & Horse Hair” and “all sorts of Goods in the Turnery Way” at the Four Brushes.
- BM Heal,24.7