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Razor Box
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Title: Razor Box
Identifier: 978.19.2a-b
Donor: Mr. George Gow
Item Date: 1850-1900
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Hanging Razor Box composed of narrow box which slots onto a hanging cover that is made out of leather. Cover A15-67a: is shaped like a elongated wooden paddle with hole used for hanging. A15-67b) Flat metal box that is tin painted black, with wooden ends. A small metal knob attaches to one end and a round hole is carved out on the other end.

Box used to keep straight razors.

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 than the straight blade although the shave was not as close. Some straight blades are still made today.
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