Portrait

History of brush making and history of the brush museum

Bechhofen and the brush making trade share a long tradition which began end of the 18th century.

The first written documents refering to a brush maker were issued 1785 in Augsburg. Around 1790 the craftsman Johann Caspar Bühler was registered in the church register of Königshofen (today part of Bechhofen) as “master carpenter and brush maker”. He is considered founder of the fine hair brushmaking trade in Germany. Where he learned how to make brushes is unknown.  There is much evidence that he has brought the art of brush making from his years of apprentice and travel which had also led him to France.  

All fine hair brushes produced in Bechhofen were intitially sold by already existing companies in the area Nuremberg/Fürth which were specialised in wall brushes and tools.

From the middle of the 19th century fine hair brushes made in Bechhofen were offered directly on the global market. Suppliers had settled in  and around Bechhofen and so the town became more and more the global center of brush production.

Until now brush making has not lost much of its significance for the region. There are still many companies in this business producing a unique variety of brushes

Some brush maker were so involved in their trade developping a deep passion for their business. This has lead to the foundation of the association “Deutsches Pinsel- und Bürstenmuseum e.V.” (German brush museum) in 1985.

Initially the museum was located in a former brush factory. As the exhibition was quickly growing, a new building became necessary. Since 1995 the exhibits are presented in a former inn built in the 17 th century Jahrhundert with a total exhibition space of about 600 m².

Today the exhibition with more than 2500 exhibits is an unique documentation of the traditional brush making business in Europe.