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Vintage safety razor heirloom

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Romeomikehotel, May 17, 2017.

  1. Romeomikehotel

    Romeomikehotel New Member

    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to share a quick video with you that I put together showing my grandpas old Gillette safety razor. My dad gave it to me 10+ years ago and I just recently came across it again while going through some old stuff.

    Cheers

     
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  2. Morman Bridge

    Morman Bridge Well-Known Member

    Hello, it's always good to see an heirloom razor being used. I'm happy for you. Congratulations. A lot of guys/gals wish they had a family heirloom razor. Usually the old razors of family members get tossed over the years. I'm sure you will always enjoy the nostalgia of using it, having known its previous owner. Good on you Sir! Enjoy!

    ps- Welcome to the Shave Den! Have a great day!
     
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  3. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Welcome to TSD!
     
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  4. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the heirloom and welcome to the Den.
    You should head over to the Welcome Center thread and introduce yourself. Plus there is info on the Newbie Giveaway
     
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  5. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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  6. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Welcome and enjoy the little piece of history you've got.
     
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  7. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    On the underside there should be a Letter and a Number. They will let you know the Year and Quarter of its manufacture. That looks to be early 50s.
    http://www.razoremporium.com/gillette-date-codes/
     
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  8. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    It looks like a late 40's Aristocrat, so it won't have a date code. @mgbbrown could date it specifically in a heartbeat, but I'd have to go hunting to figure out which year.
     
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  9. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Welcome @Romeomikehotel! You heirloom razor is definitely a nice one. Looks like my '46-'47 Aristocrat, but I got mine in a trade. They give good shave. Better than the heirloom I have - my dads Schick Krona.
     
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  10. Romeomikehotel

    Romeomikehotel New Member

    Thanks for the kind words and the info! If this is a late 40s razor then I'd assume it's probably the first one he got when he got back from the war. I'll have to ask my dad if he's got any more good info on it.
    Do you guys have any more good resources that I can get more info about this razor?
     
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  11. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

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  12. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Look inside the top.
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  13. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 Well-Known Member

    I'm going by the case, and it looks like it doesn't have a cut out for a blade bank as on early Aristocrats. It looks like it's supposed to have a blade dispenser instead and should lay on it's side. Could be a late 40's Aristocrat similar to the one in the pic below, 1948-1950, from @mr-razor's site......... His site..... http://mr-razor.com/index.html

    1948-1950 Aristocrat U.S.A.jpg
     
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  14. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    had to buy my heirloom.ok by me too.
    hello and welcome. arist.jpg
    #22 british aristocrat.49-53ish
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2017
  15. jar

    jar Active Member

    My hand-me-down '48-'50 Aristocrat

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  16. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 Well-Known Member

    And Clubman VIBR! That's the way to go. Good man!
     
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  17. Romeomikehotel

    Romeomikehotel New Member

    Thanks guys, from what I'm seeing it looks like mine is a 46-47' model?
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  18. Otto

    Otto Member

    Great heirloom piece. I have acquired a few recently to hand them down to my sons (a great Gillette Diplomat and an Executive). I might just try them one day before I pass them down.


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  19. Morman Bridge

    Morman Bridge Well-Known Member

    Hello, yours seems to be an early 1948 Gillette aristocrat. I concluded this from the notched center bar the knurling on the upper handle, and the way package was written. So, not 1946/47, but 1948.
    Enjoy!
     
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  20. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Good man indeed!!

    Beat me too it. @Morman Bridge they shave about the same if I am not mistaken?
     
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