What to look for in Vintage Bottlebrush Trees

Who doesn’t love bottle brush trees? They’re so versatile for filling out a putz scene or serving as favors on a table setting or just sitting on a shelf or mantle.

Bottle Brush Trees
Bottle Brush Trees

Bottle Brush trees are made in the same way that the old fashioned brushes for bottles were made. With a central twisted wire catching bristles that fan out around the center wires. They’re just mounted into a base,trimmed to a cone shape and dyed to imitate a tree. They were first introduced in the 1930s and have been popular ever since.
What to look for…
Look for good even color. These trees were dyed with dyes that faded when exposed to light. So fading of color is common. The more even and deep the color, the more valuable.

Faded vs Non-Faded Bottle Brush Trees
Faded vs Non-Faded Bottle Brush Trees

Look for nice even branches. These were often stored on their side in a box so you’ll see a flattened side or missing bristles where the damage weakened the fiber and it broke away.

Slightly Damaged Bottle Brush Tree
Slightly Damaged Bottle Brush Tree

Look for accurate age description. These trees are still being made today, so study your guidebooks so you can recognize the various bases and styles of decoration used in the different eras.

For a quick demonstration of these points, take a look at this Bottle Brush Video

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