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Shipped in considerable quantities in the Far East, Russia, etc., usually in cases.
Bristles, generally speaking, are indestructible except by fire, but if wetted and left in that wet condition for any length of time will heat, and any delay in treatment will result in rotting. Bristles, when wetted should be opened up and dried as soon as possible, and if done quickly no damage will result. Otherwise, there is nothing that, in the ordinary course of events, would render bristles useless. Staining by oil can be removed by a proper process, but should be left to an expert.
If light-coloured bristles are stained and then thoroughly washed, leaving a partial stain, they can be made darker and their value is in no way impaired. Bristles which may have been rendered useless for the job originally intended may be perfectly satisfactory for another job. Bristles are liable to attack by moth and vermin, but if wrapped in naphthalene-treated paper and packed with flaked naphthalene this will be prevented. Value of bristles varies in types and sizes, and this must be studied in arriving at the degree of depreciation.
Pig Bristles – Usually shipped from China in stout cases which could be second-hand or renailed. Shipped weights are usually stenciled on cases, so that arrived weight is often a good guide as to possible shortage. The bristles are wrapped in bundles with cord bindings, paper wrapped, and marked with lengths. Often various lengths are packed in one case, so that in the event of the breakage of a case, if the bundles are broken or loose, only an expert can re-sort them as to lengths.
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