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    Default My Vie-Long "Museum"

    A few weeks ago, Juan from Gifts & Care told me that he had seen some older unused Vie-Long brushes during a recent trip to the company. And being a big fan of Vie-Long brushes in general, I asked him if he could take a picture of them during his next visit. True to his word, he sent me a couple of shots, and offered an extremely good deal for them, so I immediately snatched up five out of around eight that he had shown me. So I thought I would post a few pix of my own for all you Vie-Long fans out there. In the first picture, from left to right, is a banded horse-hair, the middle three are horse-badger blends, and the final brush is a natural horse-hair. What I find interesting here is how some of the hairs vary in color: the horse knots seem yellower than the contemporary V-L brushes I have seen, and some of the horse-badger blends have a greyer color than contemporary versions. Is this just the effect of aging? Also interesting for me is the varying color scheme of the handles from what is currently available from V-L. And that metal-handled brush is really made from metal. Definitely the heaviest shaving brush I have held. Juan also told me that around thirty new brushes will be introduced by Vie-Long in the next week or two, so I am interested to see how these may differ from the current pack, as well as these older ones. Finally, attached are some shots of the period packaging that accompanied the brushes--for what shaving brush museum would be complete without an appreciation of the original packaging as well?
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    Wow. VIe-longs are wonderful brushes. They don't have the "perfect" look of mass produced brushes, they've got character. Kind of like a "Spanish Simpson."

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    I really like #3! Actually, I kinda want it.

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    Those are some beautiful brushes. I may have to look into Vie-Long horsehair. The Spaniards may be on to something.
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    Very cool... It is nice to see a collection of the less common seen brushes. Lately I have been contemplating getting either a Vie Long BG2012 Silvertip or ordering a beehive M&F. Decisions, Decisions...
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    I use a 13061 horse hair brush. Great Brush for face lathering.
    I like the 3 on the right.
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    right green handle is nice!

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    They make some nice stuff, and not pricey when compared to some other companies.

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    Love the handles on these. Would love to see them bring back those styles with a nice silvertip knot like the BGS2012 (which is my favorite brush right now).
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    How much is admission?

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    I'm envious. What suprises me is how little the designs have changed over the years. Any idea how old these are?

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    Quite possibly up to 15 years. I might have looked into it. :)

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    Beautiful images!
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    what a score !! beautiful horses...

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    #5 would probably like to visit my Vie-Longs. Send it over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike'sWorld View Post
    I'm envious. What suprises me is how little the designs have changed over the years. Any idea how old these are?
    I agree. The form of the designs is largely unchanged. My guess is that they are not all that old--dating back to the halcyon days of cellophane and card-stock packaging, rather than clear plastic, if that's any indication. And no Universal Product Codes... 10 to 15 years old is what Juan seemed to infer.
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    Ver nice brushes, thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taco8slo View Post
    How much is admission?
    LOL--looks like you've already snuck past the guard at the desk to get into the show!

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    Nr. 5 looks very much like the current 12705 "Peleon," but with a green handle instead of dark red.

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    #2 and #3 handles look excellent. I like a brush with a pronounced flare to the bottom.
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