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    Default Large Trade sign/Dsiplay Razors

    I hope to see many different Display or Trade sign razors show up in this Thread. They are a fascinating part of the history of shaving. Back when literacy was not the norm, a person went by the pictures on signs or the quality of the displays to choose a place to shop or an item to buy.
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    Here is the only one I have and I think it was one from the 1880's or so and there are faint traces of paint still on it. It is certainly a manufactured item, there must be more of them out there.
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    I would hope this one is transferred over to here!
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    Here's a few I've seen.....
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    pine, with black-painted handle, white and gray-painted blade, and wrought iron hangers.
    Probably late 19th century; 26.5" x 60.5".

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    date unknown,19.5" long, blade is 2.75" wide, sheath is 3"wide.

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    Ohio, wood and metal folding straight razor.
    The blade is marked Tyler Davidson and Company, Cincinnati.
    Retaining its old black and copper. Tyler Davidson & Co. was the hardware firm of
    Tyler Davidson and henry Probasco.
    In 1871 Probasco dedicated a fountain in downtown Cincinnati to the memory of his late partner
    and the fountain became a Queen City Icon.
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    http://straightrazorplace.com/workshop/18504-welcome-workshop-how-do-i-where-do-i-what-do-i-answers-here.html

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    An old W&B display razor (pic taken from the web)

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    I have bought this razor to another french guy who sold it to me but without knowing where it comes from...

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    it's a french typ blade but we don't have more information about who did it and for whom it was.
    it's a 27/8 size razor.

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    Very cool razor!
    Good thing you have your safety glasses on.

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    Nice thread ! I know Thaeris had a gorgeous one from Henckels :



    I'll let him present it if he can ;-)

    Here is one I've seen in reality :



    It is hung on the wall of the offices of the Leresche manufacture here in France, which is still in activity (but no more razors, unfortunately). I asked if I could put the same razor with it, actual 6/8 size, to have a better understanding of the scale :



    They also have some spare blades for this Goliath :



    I believe this razor was not sent to retailers, but was kept in the offices for prospect interviews, or brought to trade fairs.

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    Brad Maggard recently restored some oversized Case brand razors.

    Also there is a very large Gotta brand display razor for sale on Ebay Germany if anyone is interested!

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