Old-Fashioned Horsehair Brooms and Brushes
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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.