I don't think it will come as any surprise to my readers that my absolute favourite implement is the hairbrush.
Hairbrushes are like wooden spoons in that they are innocuous household items that are multi functional, although my mother had two hairbrushes. One for brushing hair and one for brushing bottoms, the two were never confused either.
There's something maternal about a hairbrush. The handle is designed to fit a ladies hand and they're so natural. I have seen them described as the symbol of maternal displeasure. They're also perfect for applying with the recipient in the time honoured traditional over the lap position.
I may have published this one before, but it's too good not to get a rerun. This is from Quality Spankings. The incomparable Clare Fonda delivers a text book hairbrush spanking.
Like spoons and paddles, hairbrushes come in a number of types. There's oval ones like the one in Clare's hand in the picture above, there are also round ones and even rectangular ones called paddle brushes (I wonder if the makers are aware of their other use). My assistant Kimberley has a healthy respect for the paddle brush. She refers to them as 'horrid'. I believe her mother Gabrielle swears by them. I prefer my oval ebony brush, but I do agree that a paddle brush can definitely make an impression.
A 'horrid' paddle brush.
Hairbrushes come in a variety of subtances, such as plastic, ivory, silver and wood. Whilst the others will all do the job I don't think you can beat a good old fashioned wooden hairbrush. In years gone by the names of Avon, Fuller and Mason Pearson would send a tingle through the bottom of any disobedient youngster. I've seen hairbrushes for sale referred to as being of 'heirloom quality'. I know of a number of ladies who have handed brushes down from mother to daughter over generations. My own sister has my mother's oak hairbrush, and it's warmed three generations. Again I do wonder if that's what they mean by 'heirloom quality'.
Whilst 'brush' here in the Shop generally means hairbrush it can also refer to an old fashioned clothes or hearthbrush.
I'll leave you with this heart and bottom warming image from the legendary Sassy Bottoms.