Brasso was introduced into Britain
in 1905. It still remains the best-known metal polish in
the world. A representative of a company called Reckitt and Sons visited
Australia at the turn of the century and found that a a liquid shoe was
proving to be more popular than the paste type of metal polish sold in
He brought a sample of the liquid back home which eventually
became the household metal polish that we know today. The Brasso recipe
consists of a siliceous polishing powder suspended in an ammonium soap
jelly and dispersed in white spirits.
The image below shows the classic Brasso tin. Brasso is a Reckitt and Coleman Product.