A chimney sweep's brush head: 19th century
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A chimney sweep's brush head. A Society for Superceding the Necessity of Climbing Boys was formed around 1800. It advocated the use of brushes to clean chimneys rather than young boys. A prolonged campaign to abolish the practice led finally to an act of Parliament in 1834, which raised the age of apprenticeship to 14 and provided some measure of regulation.
1800 AD - 1900 AD