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    Default Dating an old Wostenholm

    I have seen this Wostenholm stamp a few times in the old threads, but no one put a date to it. Any idea? Thanks!!
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    What does the rest of the razor look like?

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    I think the pipe symbol has been in use since 1851. It would help to see more of the razor..

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    This from Manah's webpage.. It's from an official Wostenholm book/catalogue:



    STRAZORS.com - all about classic razors - George Wostenholm & Sons, Sheffield.

    Not easy to see if it says 1824 or 1894.. (Or is it 1694!?!) I think we should ask Manah himself.

    Goin's Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings says Wostenholm has used the pipe symbol since 1851.
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    1919 edition of Register of Trade Marks of the Cutler's Company of Sheffield:



    This from House of Wostenholm 1969 edition:



    So it seems that the trademark was registered in 1694, and that they may not have started using it on razors in until 1851 or 1862 depending on what source you decide to go with.

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    Here are a couple more pictures... it is a wedge with horn scale. The black part of the cutting edge is the reflection of my shirt. What confuses me is the first "GEO" of the stamp "GEO.WOSTEMHOLM & SON'S." I have seen the stamp with "G", "GEORGE" or none... as MisterA's post shown.
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    looks like mid to late 19th century - old-looking to have a pipe on it, at least from what I have seen so far
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    Judging by the tail, that it's a wedge and a pipe razor, I'd place it in the 1845-1870 range.. Since it says Geo.Wostenholm & Son's I also think there was some kind of etching on the blade. As in Geo.Wostenholm & Son's Original Pipe Razor or something like that.

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    I'd guess 1860-1870

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterA View Post
    Judging by the tail, that it's a wedge and a pipe razor, I'd place it in the 1845-1870 range.. Since it says Geo.Wostenholm & Son's I also think there was some kind of etching on the blade. As in Geo.Wostenholm & Son's Original Pipe Razor or something like that.
    As far I can tell... there is no etching on the blade itself. In fact, I have another one looks just like this one that is coming in the mail.
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