1946 Gillette Milord Christmas gift set

Discussion in 'Show and tell' started by IAmTheJody, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Latest acquisition... 1946 (R4 date code on the blades) Gillette Milord Gift Set. The razor is near mint. No plate-loss. Can even see my thumb print on one of the photos. Original 5 packs of blades, 4 of which are still cellophane-sealed and 1 pack open missing a blade that was still in the razor (hate it when sellers leave blades in razors!). I believe someone used this razor once or twice and put it away. Very nice condition/set.
    Sorry about the photo lighting... a huge storm moved in and I lost my natural light after the first 4 photos and had to go lamp light.


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  2. Johnny

    Johnny Little Boy Blue

    That is very nice. Manufactured the year I was born. At 65 it looks a lot better than I do.
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  3. DClassic

    DClassic Member

    Nice set Jody! I was going to buy that one. You got it at a steal!

  4. tomnat

    tomnat accepting applications

    great set! Congratulations on the purchase.
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  5. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    That is slick, very nice!
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  6. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    A little history... the Milord replaced the open-comb Sheraton and is basically the first Super Speed (the Ranger Tech replaced the open-comb Senator). The first Milord came about in 1940. Through 1946, the Milord retained the same handle as the Sheraton.. just, obviously a different head with solid-bar guard instead of open-comb (same thing with the Ranger Tech retaining the Senator handle). In 1947, the Milord received an update to its handle, losing the smooth band near the TTO knob, having been replaced with knurling like the rest of the handle. 1947 also saw the first razor officially called Super Speed, which was, as was the case with the Milord and its handle, an update to the handle losing the smooth band near the TTO knob and it being replaced with knurling.

    Confused yet?

    Basically the nickel plated Ranger Tech replaced the nickel plated Senator and evolved into what we know as the nickel plated 1940s Super Speeds.

    And basically the gold plated Milord replaced the gold plated Sheraton and also evolved into what we know as the 1940s Super Speed, only gold plated.

    Of course, the 1940s Super Speed should not be confused with the 1950s Super Speed which have the flare-tip TTO knobs.
  7. Dridecker

    Dridecker Sherlock

    Awesome score Jody!

    Thanks for the quick history lesson too. :happy088:
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  8. alpla444

    alpla444 That's sweet!

    Your collection is only surpassed by your knowedge, yet another nice find! I love the box (merkur could learn a thing or two there)
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  9. Jake

    Jake Well-Known Member

    Fantastic new set! Rarely seen and in such great condition. Congratulations!
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  10. battle.munky

    battle.munky Has the menthol.munky on his back!

    Another fine snag sir!
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  11. huck1680

    huck1680 Well-Known Member

    Verra nice Jordy and thanx for the pic posting tip. Worked like a charm
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  12. Old School

    Old School *$&%@#~

    Darn, pics aren't showing up any longer? I just found this thread trying to date the "Milord" one piece razor kit I just got my hands on...
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  13. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Just came across your post Mike. Unfortunately, image links over the years have died. But I was lucky enough to be able to access my old PC hard drives a few days ago and found all of my pictures of this set. So I will update this thread with the pictures again. Eventually.
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