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Kleeneze Bed Spring Brush

This brush, product code 741056, was manufactured by Kleen-e-ze of Bristol in 1928. It is filled with fine horsehair and is for cleaning bed springs.

Beds were originally created about 10,000 years ago during the Neolithic Age. In 3400 BCE, rich Egyptians constructed beds out of raised pallets made of ebony or gold. Commoners slept on mattresses constructed from heaps of palm bows. During the Roman Empire, the first luxury eds were designed. Mattresses were stuffed with reeds, hay, wool or feathers. During the Renaissance, mattresses were stuffed with straw, pea shucks or feathers and covered with velvet, brocade or silk. 

By the late 18th Century, beds were crafted from iron with springs in the base and mattresses were made from cotton. In 1865 the first coil spring mattress was introduced and by the 1930s, innerspring mattresses were increasingly common. The futon was developed in the 1940s and foam mattresses and pillows in the 1950s.

This brush was kindly donated to the Visit Hillbrush museum by Kate Symonds of Mere. The brush was found when her parents moved into their house in 1930.

Have you ever found something like this in your house? Ever discovered a brush that you're not sure what its purpose is? Let us know in the comments or on social media, or get in contact and we'll see if we can help!


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