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    Default Razors from the Victoria and Albert Museum - London

    While in London, I was able to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is one of the finest for art and design (and has free admission). They have a number of razors scattered throughout the museum (and some more in storage).

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    Small razor, early-mid 18th c.

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    Interesting spine work

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    Pair of tortoise razors from a set of mixed makers, latter half of 18th c.

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    Closeup of the same

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    Detailing of a squirrel engraving

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    Square shagreen traveling set

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    Octagonal shagreen traveling set


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    Also in the collection was a traveling set from the mid-1600s, complete with razors, tools, a mounted coticule, etc.

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    My favorite museum in London
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    Thanks for sharing, I love seeing these type of posts / photos

    The mounted stone is a really interesting item as are all the others,

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    Great work ScienceGuy! I've been to the V & A each time I've visited London but I hadn't seen those razors so I'll have to keep it in mind. I don't think I've seen a photo of an actual 17thC razor before: a few probable 18thC ones - usually in Zak's (Voidmonster) collection and certainly never in the hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maladroit View Post
    Great work ScienceGuy! I've been to the V & A each time I've visited London but I hadn't seen those razors so I'll have to keep it in mind. I don't think I've seen a photo of an actual 17thC razor before: a few probable 18thC ones - usually in Zak's (Voidmonster) collection and certainly never in the hand.
    They didn't have much in the way of razors. The cases / 18th c items were in the silver collections, and the 17th c case was was in the Europe 1400-1700 (or something like that) section amid other artifacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScienceGuy View Post
    They didn't have much in the way of razors. The cases / 18th c items were in the silver collections, and the 17th c case was was in the Europe 1400-1700 (or something like that) section amid other artifacts.
    Sort of like looking for razors in a shop or a sale.....

    Or the coticule, that was particularly interesting to me.
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