Carbolic soap - made from corrosive carbolic acid and pig fat.
The brush condition was as new compared with that which was issued for hand cleaning at Noble & Lund. No bristles at all - just pieces of wood and a bit of saw dust on occasions. Hands attached to twenty or so blokes chasing around the trough for the one bit of carbolic or lye soap. Then the ubiquitous sweat-rag to dry on. Oh! happy days.
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