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Title: Straight Razor
Identifier: A.59.67
Donor: B.E. Hewiston
Item Date: 1821-1854
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A gold handled razor that is attached to a silver blade. The blade is hinged and folds into the handle. The blade is stamped 'Joseph Elliot Best Silver Steel'. History: Joseph Elliot was a Sheffield cutler operating between 1821-1854. His trademark was: C reversed and C with a cross between. Reference: "More Old Razors" by Lummus. Antiques, May 1927 pp 372-274. Source: www.uniclectica.com/misc/manuf.html. Silver steel is a 1% carbon tool steel, now known as stainless steel. Straight razors, also called cut throat razors, are reusable knife blades used for shaving facial hair. This was the principal method of shaving until the 20th century and remained fashionable in many countries until the 1950ís. The introduction of safety blades by Gillette was the real downfall of the straight blade. These razors were inexpensive and less dangerous then the straight blade although the shave was not as close. Some straight blades are still made today.
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