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Gentlemen in the eighteenth century often travelled with compact razor cases that held their personal set of shaving and dressing supplies. One such case, possibly belonging to George Washington, contained this straight razor. It bears the distinctive stamp of a long-handled curate's pipe on its shoulder, the trademark of cutler George Wostenholm of Sheffield, England. Drawing on its wealth of local iron and coal deposits, Sheffield developed into a leading manufacturing center for steel razors and knives by the end of the eighteenth century.

Description

Straight razor with dark horn scales or sides and short tang; tapering, oblong steel blade with square point and iron back attached between two scales with copper alloy rivet; a white metal spacer at the opposite end separates the two scales, and all are held together by another copper alloy rivet; the four bosses that surround the ends of the rivets on the exterior of the scales appear to be silver plated.

Date

1790-1800


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Geography


Material/Technique

Horn, iron alloy, copper alloy


Dimensions

Overall: 5 1/4 in. x 1 in. x 3/8 in. (13.34 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.97 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1951


Marks

A long-handled curate's pipe is stamped on one side of shank.


Object Number

W-1598/B


Colors (Beta)


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