Ok i must confess i made the most boneheaded first timers mistake.... the before picture.
I find myself going out of the way to drive by flea markets and antique stores ... its part of my AD. So Saturday I stopped in at a local shop wandered the booths when i saw it. Covered in dirt and dust neglected in a old battered glass case was a shaving mug, brush, and razor... all for the low low price of $10. I couldn't pass it up... made my purchase as gitty as a schoolgirl and rushed with my loot back home.
What i found was a Seaforth Heather n Fern shaving mug, a 1940s style Super Speed, and a very nasty Ever-Ready 150 brush. The razor took a few hours of hard elbow grease but is now in my daily rotation (shaved with it yesterday and it shaved like a champ!). The mug cleaned up good .... Then it was the brushes turn. I cut off the bristles, drilled out the remainder and set to polishing. I used a cork 2 pennies and a nickle to give it some weight and a shelf and i now await my Whippeddog 22mm knot.
Again ... the most boneheaded mistake ... no before picture.