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Old-Fashioned Horsehair Brooms and Brushes

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Old-Fashioned Horsehair Brooms and Brushes

June 26, 2012

A little-known fact: Horsehair from manes and tails is more durable than most natural fibers—making it an ideal material for brushes.

Here's a roundup of brooms and brushes that leverage the industrial strength of horsehair (and remind us of why we are fascinated with all things equine).

Above: Horsehair 8-Inch Natural Brush by Alden is meant for shoe polishing; $42 from Need Supply Co.

Above: A close-up of the Horsehair 8-Inch Natural Brush by Alden shows the natural color of the horsehair bristles.

Above: Horsehair Broom; £15.90 from Torquato.

Above: Perfect for hardwood floors, the Vienna Broom has a waxed beech handle and horsehair bristles; £45 from Objects of Use.

Above: Horsehair Hand Broom; $14.95 from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Above: German-made Furniture Brush; £32.50 from Objects of Use in the UK.

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