It's 1910 and you're lucky enough to...

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by IAmTheJody, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    ...have $5 burning a hole in your pocket, and a beard wrapped around your face that you are just dying to get rid of.

    So you walk into your local general store and you spend that $5 on a fancy triple silver plated Gillette Safety Razor! You had no idea that 111 years later, some fella in Mississippi would own your fancy triple silver plated Gillette Safety Razor, but he didn't use it. No, he kept it proudly on display in a cabinet. A cabinet not in his outhouse, nor even in his new fancy indoor bathroom. No sir, it's in his living room. For anyone to see and admire. 111 years ago, you were just lucky to have $5 to purchase a razor. This nut job has several razors, including yours, in a display cabinet just sitting there, begging to be used for it's intended purpose once again.

    This is one of the few sets I kept from my hardcore Gillette collecting days. The case is considered in very fine condition considering its age. No rips or tears in the leather. Only a couple of minor scuffs. Some slight fraying to in the liner where it covers the hinges. The blade boxes immaculate. The razor covered in 111 year old tarnish but in perfect condition: no bent teeth, no cracks or hairline fractures in the handle. The shipper box has seen better days, missing its green money-like labels on one end and one side of the box top. But look closely at the top label... Notice the printing errors? KING in the King C Gillette signatures is spelled KNIG! Oops!
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  2. Dave in KY

    Dave in KY On second thought, Buttercup

    VERY COOL PIECE...........................USE it :D Better yet, it's defective ! Send to me for proper disposal ;)
  3. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Very nice Jody. Did you ever have an Old Type Aristocrat with the bell shaped knob?
  4. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Yes, I had a fine 1914 bell-end Aristocrat set. I found the pics of it the other day on my old PC hard drives and will eventually update my old thread about it with the pics since the old pic links are long dead.
  5. brit

    brit in a box

    very cool Jody.lovely set..:cool:
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  6. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    I have a 1908 but not near that good of shape. Thanks for the razor porn! Mississippi people rock ! ( From Greenville myself you know)
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  7. battle.munky

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

    And this whole time I thought that was actually his signature...there is no way he signed his own signature wrong so that tells me it is marketing. I wonder who actually did the signing now?
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  8. riverrun

    riverrun Well-Known Member

    Nothing wrong with the signature.
    Just a slightly unusual way to write the lower case n.
    Compared to other specimens it's almost identical.
  9. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    Example. King's signature did change over time from that appearing on the early patent docs.[​IMG]

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  10. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Compared to other specimens, it's certainly not common that what looks like a lowercase N, occurs before a lowercase and dotted I. Achim, aka Mr Razor has noted this before as well, as has Len, aka Oldguy - 2 very well known and respected collectors of all things Gillette. Whether it is or isn't an error, it's certainly an interesting find because it's uncommon.
  11. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    You must indeed have been well off ... $5 in 1910 is worth over $136 in today's money (inflation calculator only went back to 1913). Union wages were around $0.30/hr.

    And we complain about the price of Gillette razors today. ;)

    Great find and thanks for the pics!
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  12. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    I'm going to need to see your Gillette razors so I can complain about them and relieve you of them.
  13. Tallships

    Tallships Well-Known Member

    My Grandfather used the 1910 single ring razor and was handed down to me, it is also my Dads birth year razor. It was told to me that he got it when my Dad was born. Sadly I don't have the case for it.
  14. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    KNIG = Koenig = "king"

    or not
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  15. mr-razor

    mr-razor Well-Known Member

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  16. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Hi Achim! I can't confirm and have no way of doing so, that it is original to the set but it came with the set when I purchased it. I didn't buy the box separately. Of course seeing your earlier sets now I would think mismatched as well, which would be very strange considering they came together and makes me wonder that if they are mismatched, how such a thing happened during 111 years, and even specifically between 1906 and 1910. Maybe during those four years, the owner purchased two different sets and got the boxes mixed up or something happened to the first set they purchased but they kept the box? So many questions now. lol

    Side note, I notice your sets have the SHARP and DULL blade boxes where as mine are both the GILLETTE blade boxes. Do we know when these changed?
  17. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Maybe a factory-level mismatch from leftovers?
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  18. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Can you imagine being the guy that letter went too.
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  19. mr-razor

    mr-razor Well-Known Member

    the first Ad, that I know to show "Gillette" on the blade box is from 1908:

  20. romsitsa

    romsitsa Active Member

    Does the serial on the shipper match the razor? Actually the shipper says triple silver plate, this was used before the set numbers (No 460 in this case) were introduced in 1906.
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