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    Default My grandparents gave me an old shaving kit, can you help me identify it?

    Hi, I just got a old shaving kit from my grandparents. Can someone help me identify the items? Model, price, year, any info would help!

    I posted a tread on the wicked_edge sub on reddit as well. One person commented that this was made by George Brittain.

    Link to the pictures.

    Any help would be really appreciated!

    Thank you in advance.
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    Welcome to SRP. I'm not sure if that is a Brittain, very well may be. Somebody will be along who can ID it for sure. Might be Gillette DEs, or maybe something else. Great old straight though. We call that pre-1800 stuff 'stub tails' and some of us shave with them. If that is your intention it can probably be brought to shave ready by the look of it.
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    Wonderful set. There are people here who can get that shave ready if you want. If not, awesome collectible.
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    I am not sure about the mark on the razor. Just looking at the general shape of it, it falls into the very old category. It is late 1700's perhaps. I am not a historian by any stretch. I would hang onto that for sure. Any old heirloom piece is solid gold in my books. Welcome to the forum.
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    WOW! This thing is old!!! Man, welcome to SRP, go check your tetanus vaccine, hone this straight and tell us how you feel!!! <<<KIDDING>>

    Sorry for not having much to say about the safety razors but the obvious.

    Take good care of the box, do not try to vamp it, IMHO just a dry cloth and some rennaissance wax is enough. The hardware can be salvaged and restored.
    The straight razor... do not mess with it, pack it very well and send it - no doubt - to a very well reccomended professional (the guys here can point a good one for you), and explain to just neutralize the active rust and hone. Leave the patina as it is.
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    very nice old kit
    +1 on the renwax rejuvenation it will come up a treat & since it is museum quality
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    Ripped off a pic in case the link goes south in the future ............

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    Wow - beautiful set...yes...that is a George Brittain...very rare, and that blade looks very early 19th century or late 18th century...has the iron cross...nice!

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    Thank you so much for your replies! I already love this forum!
    I will upload some more pictures tomorrow, if there is something particular you want me to take picture of please tell me
    Until then this is the info I now got;
    A reddit user has done an incredible job identifying this piece. The information he provided makes a lot of sense.
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    This means that Rezdog might in fact be correct. Late 1700s sounds about right.

    I definitely want to renovate it. I do not want to use the stub tail. (Hope I got that right) Not the 1940s razors either, I rather buy I new one. This kit already means something to me, I would rather pay for a new razor. I have one problem and that is that I live in Norway. So there is very few experts on this area in my country. However I saw that you have a "nordic" forum here. I going to try my luck there and see if anyone knows about someone from Scandinavia. Or is there something else I can do?

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    Yes, the stamp does look like a Brittain, doesn't have the Anchor though...for comparison pierrefley, here is a pic of another George Brittain Iron Cross straight razor, from the early 19th century.


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