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Thread: Early French razor in tortoise: AUX 15-20

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    Default Early French razor in tortoise: AUX 15-20

    This razor I know very little about, other than that by the styling it looks like early 1800s and French. The tang is stamped AUX 15-20. The condition is wonderful. It has been reground and polished at some point, but the scales have almost no damage.

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    So this one just ended. I had been watching it but didn't make the connection before.

    Ancienne Boite rasoir Coupe Choux Coffret Tire Bouchon Necessaire Voyage Wall | eBay

    It's got the same stamping 15-20.

    Here's a picture of the tang of that one:

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    Anybody have any info on that?

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    Very nice razor indeed, definately french and definately early 1800's, that mark AUX 15-20, belongs to Lepetitwalle a french cutler (fabriquant de rasoir). His name comes up in early 1800's Directories.

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    That snipet,quinze =15, vingt=20.
    Petit-Walle was also very recognize for his razors, this little snippet from a science book talks about trying a new steel for razors and cleary confirms him using the mark AUX 15-20.
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    Also i gather that he was some kind of teacher since other cutlers refer to have learn under Petit-Walle.
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    About the other razor you posted, the Walle DES 15-20, That was his nephew, and he learned his trade from his uncle like many others.
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    This razor might perhaps be quite special since Lepetit-Walle was famous and many other cutlers refer to his name, as their teacher.

    Likely a very important cutler in French razor history.
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    Wow! Thanks so much Martin, I was hoping you'd come along to the thread. Really interesting information.
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    Walle laboratory, on rue de Charenton, Paris in 1798.

    "Manufacture Nationale - Fabrication particulière de bons rasoirs d'acier fondu pareille a celle de Sheffield en Angleterre


    The only Manufacture in France of good razors of melted steel in the same manner as that of Sheffield in Yorkshire
    NB - Il est bon d'observer que cette manipulation n'est destinée qu'à la seule partie des nécessaires à barbe
    Le Petit-Walle aux Quinze-Vingts, Faubourg st. Antoine, à Paris."
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