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19th C. Shoe Shine Brush w/ Carved Lion

This fabulous early shoe-shine brush is carved out of oak, with a stunning "Peaceable Kingdom" style lion on top, along with relief carved "clasping hands" and a "star", which may be a Masonic connection.  The worn bristles are horse hair.  And it still retains some of its original black paint.  A wonderful piece of Folk Art!  I am not certain what the wood is, but possibly maple or birch.
  ​An unusual and rare piece.   Measuring approximately 10-12" long.