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    Just got this of the bay. It's a Ford and medley frame back. The scale is I think hard rubber and is stamped 285 866 the stamp is fairly deep but not well done. I'm a bit puzzled by the stamp. Can anyone shed any light on this razor, I did a quick search and nothing showed up for Ford and medley frame backs

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    Is the frame brass?

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    The Ford & Medley firm dealt in mass market table cutlery, electro-plate, and razors. It registered a silver mark in 1900 from an Arundel Street address. The owner was Albert Medley (who had been born in 1875 and lived in Meersbrook). In the Census (1901), he was enumerated as a 26-year-old cutlery manufacturer, living in Beeton Road. He was the son of Joseph (a razor blade grinder) and Emily Medley. By the end of the WWI, the firm occupied Emu Works in Eyre Street, with Albert as managing director. It ceased business in the mid-1930s. Midley apparently died in 1948, aged 73. The company trade mark were "EMU" and "WIZARD" and intertwined ropes (pic.), with the letters "F M". Ford & Medley also acquired Bingham & Ogden and its "SELECT" mark.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherstockiings View Post
    Is the frame brass?
    No its I guess steel but I'm not good on metals

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    Quote Originally Posted by manah View Post
    The Ford & Medley firm dealt in mass market table cutlery, electro-plate, and razors. It registered a silver mark in 1900 from an Arundel Street address. The owner was Albert Medley (who had been born in 1875 and lived in Meersbrook). In the Census (1901), he was enumerated as a 26-year-old cutlery manufacturer, living in Beeton Road. He was the son of Joseph (a razor blade grinder) and Emily Medley. By the end of the WWI, the firm occupied Emu Works in Eyre Street, with Albert as managing director. It ceased business in the mid-1930s. Midley apparently died in 1948, aged 73. The company trade mark were "EMU" and "WIZARD" and intertwined ropes (pic.), with the letters "F M". Ford & Medley also acquired Bingham & Ogden and its "SELECT" mark.

    Thanks manah. Any idea what the numbers stamped on the scale might mean?

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    They look like the numbers that were stamped on them when they were donated for use by serviceman, I believe that was WW1. I had simlar stamping on an old Kropp.
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    No ideas. Possibly, it's not a company stamp and not connected with the razor manufacturing.
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    ... the numbers that were stamped on them when they were donated for use by serviceman ...
    Perhaps, you're right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    They look like the numbers that were stamped on them when they were donated for use by serviceman, I believe that was WW1. I had simlar stamping on an old Kropp.
    Oh right cool, thanks. That adds to its appeal to me

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    Tried to put it on the hone today, very warped

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