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Brushing Time

September 29th, 2015 by Piper Smith

Horses were the backbone of transportation throughout the United States int he 19th century. Particularly on the frontier, so it is not surprising that the cargo of the Isaac Allerton included a supply of items for equestrian care and maintenance. The Curry Comb, a tool used to groom a horse’s coat dates back to to the 13th century. The name is derived from the practice by those of lower social status to seek advancement or “curry favor” by grooming a knight or other nobleman’s horse.

The mid-1800s saw the introduction of mass-produced models with interchangeable “cards” of varying sizes and spacing of teeth.