Only a couple of little finds on the second hand market this morning, but nice ones none the less.
Naval Ear Defender Tin
This tiny little tin measures about 1 ½” x ½” and is made of pressed metal with a hinged lid. Embossed on the top is the title NAVAL EAR DEFENDER:Originally this tin would have housed little rubber ear plugs for use by RN crews when firing the guns on board ship to help protect their hearing. It dates to the second World War when these ear plugs were personal issue items and unlike today’s soft foam rubber examples would have been made of a much harder India rubber. They were also designed to be used multiple times unlike modern disposable ear plugs, hence the tin to keep them safe and protected.
WW1 Boot Brush
Once again I have gotten lucky and found a WW1 dated boot brush in a big tin of shoe cleaning equipment:This example is dated 1915 and was made by Vale Bradnack:Vale and Bradnack were two brush makers from Walsall. Walsall was the centre of British brush manufacture throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century.