The Simpson Jubilee was a limited edition brush created to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary) of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

With Her Majesty’s passing last week it seemed fitting to use this brush for my weekend shaves, a small way of showing respect.  Of course this year marks her Platinum Jubilee (70 years) although Simpson Shaving Brushes didn’t seek to mark that milestone.

The handle was crafted from faux Briarwood with a diameter of around 35mm and height around 45mm.

Each brush was engraved and ‘gold’ filled, with mine reading:

1952 – 2012

Engraving on handle

Of course, each was numbered differently!

Simpson Jubilee No 1

The knot in the Simpson Jubilee was Simpson’s Manchurian badger, a 23 mm knot with around 50 mm loft.

Overall height with handle is around 92mm – so it is not a big brush by contemporary standards

One of the cool features though is a 2012 Isle of Man coin in the base of the handle …

The other side of the 2012 Isle of Man coin in the base of the handle you obviously cannot see.

The reverse side shows Tynwald Hill and St Johns Chapel.


In recognising the historical milestone of the Diamond Jubilee, we also need to acknowledge the long history of A E Simpson Shaving Brushes, as discussed earlier here.

In use the Jubilee is an outstanding brush. It is a joy to use, a size I like, and whips up a consistent lather.

In the future though, whenever I use it I will also always be reminded of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  A woman of amazing grace and service.

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