Brillo Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Signed by Inventor Milton Loeb)


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Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Brillo Manufacturing Company, Inc. dating back to the 1940's and 1950's. This document, which is signed by the company President (inventor Milton Loeb) and Secretary, measures approximately 12 1/2" (w) by 9 1/2" (h).


You will receive the exact certificate pictured. Please note these pieces have some edge faults. Please review images.

    Historical Context

    In the early 1900s, a breakthrough in home cookware was taking hold in America. Aluminum pots and pans were replacing heavy cast iron cookware in homes throughout the nation. But, there was a problem. The coal-fired stoves of the day quickly blackened the pots, rendering them unattractive and next-to-impossible to clean. Even the new gas stoves of the time did little to help.

    Meanwhile, a cookware peddler and a jeweler (his brother-in-law), were working on a solution. Using jeweler’s rouge, soap and fine steel wool from Germany, they found a method to scour the pots and pans when they began to blacken. The idea worked, and the peddler soon added this new product to his line of goods.

    Demand for the steel wool and the cake of soap with the jeweler’s rouge rose quickly and before long, the peddler and the jeweler realized that the idea was worth patenting. They sought advice from New York attorney Milton Loeb (whose signature appears on this certificate). They lacked the money to pay for legal services, so they offered the attorney an interest in their “scouring pad” business instead. Loeb accepted the offer and in 1913 secured a patent for the product under the name Brillo® (the Latin word meaning “bright.”).

    The partnership formed between the peddler, the jeweler and the attorney became known as the Brillo Manufacturing Company, with headquarters and production operations in New York City.

    By 1917, the Brillo Manufacturing Company was making steel wool pads and packaging them, six pads to a box, with a cake of soap included.

    The next and perhaps the most dramatic step in the evolution of the steel wool pad came in the early 1930’s when the company developed a method to put the soap right into the pads themselves!

    Brillo® went on to become one of America’s most recognizable brands, featured in modern art, songs, movies—and of course, households nationwide. Today, the company provides a wide variety of household cleaning products and remains dedicated to one ideal…helping people everywhere to make enjoy clean, healthy lifestyles.