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Razor (mit-khone) (pdf)

Place of origin: Thailand

Date: 18th century

This razor was used in conjunction with the tonsure scissors (402-1894) during the top-knot ceremony. The high level of craftsmanship that it displays are similar to the tonsure scissors, suggesting both formed part of a set.


razor (pdf) Place of origin: Netherlands (possibly) Date: 1700-1730 (made)

In the seventeenth century, male fashion favoured clean shaven features, and by the 1680s a new type of straight razor, with a narrow folding blade, made the process easier. The French barber Jean-Jacques Perret published a work on the art of shaving in 1769 -- a treatise intended to promote a razor with a protective L-shaped guard along one edge of the metal blade that he had designed himself. This case, with its toilet and shaving implements (the razors are of the folding type), is a well-preserved and early example.
Tortoiseshell was used in the Netherlands as a background to silver openwork on bookbindings and caskets. The tassel and shell-like motifs, together with the curling, interlaced 'c' shapes which decorate this casket and its implements seem to be an interpretation of fashionable seventeenth-century designs such as those by the French-born designer Daniel Marot (1661–1752), who worked principally for the courts of Holland and England.


Napoleon (pdf)


The case is thought to have been made by Wilson, Walker & Co. of Leeds for the Great Exhibition of 1851

Trade card (pdf)

The engraver Edward Warner (active about 1750) has shown, within, around and hanging from a very elaborate, asymmetrical Rococo framework, some of the goods sold by Henry Patten. His main stock seems to have been cutlery (some of it sold in special boxes), razors, penknives and scissors, including horse scissors.


Razor (pdf)

Place of origin: Europe (West, made) Date: 18th century (made)

Cut throat razor with guards covered with tortoiseshell with silver pique in the form of dragon's heads and floral scrolls. Mark: + V Z,


Les Communeux par H. Nérac; Paschal Grousset (pdf)

Place of origin: Paris, France (printed) Date: 1871 (printed)

Satirical print in which Paschal Grousset is depicted as a moustachioed woman, wearing a red and blue dress and holding a barber's razor.


 Peter Szabo

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