In the middle of the 19th Century, the industrial revolution was accelerating and had become a hotbed for ideas and inventions in the mechanical world. It was the manufacturing equivalent in its day to Silicon Valley today. Mason Pearson, an Engineer and Inventor, began his career designing wool processing looms. He then married and moved from Bradford in Yorkshire, Northern England to London in the mid 1860s where he worked at the British Steam Brush Works in London’s East End. He joined a partnership, later known as Raper Pearson and Gill, which was in the business of general small-brush making. At the time, the brushes were made by hand.

Being a genius, Mason Pearson incorporated the knowledge from his time in the wool processing industry to spark the invention of an automatic brush-boring machine to speed up the whole process of brush making. In 1885 public recognition of this resulted in his being awarded a Silver Medal at the International Inventions Exhibition in London.