Dating gem razors

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These iron tools were shaped like small hatchets, but were eventually modified to include a pivot, allowing the sharpened blade to remain protected within the handle or “scales.” By the 19th century, razors had evolved from a wedge-shaped blade to a more modern straight razor design, with blades made from silver steel, an alloy produced by incorporating carbon into the metal.Handles were often made from tortoise shell, horn, wood, bone, and, later, cellulite, while higher-end pieces included finer materials like ivory, mother of pearl, and sterling silver, as well as artwork carved into their handles or blades.

They are found in the top left and right corners on the underside of razor guards, both 3 peice and 1 piece models.The blade system adopted in 1931 is still in use today, and was used on razors as well after 1950. Other makers included serial or manufacturing codes, but we do not have the keys.Auto Strop and Rolls are two well known manufacturers who serial numbered their razors.Razor Serial Numbers were impressed on all Gillette razors from 1904 until 1921, and on deluxe models from 1921 until 1931 (except for a period in 1927-28).This corresponds to the time King Gillette was directly associated with the business, and may have been at his insistence.

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