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Barber's Razor Box and Hone in Leather Case

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2572
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1825

Notes

This box contains a cut throat razor and a hone, or sharpening stone. It would have been used by a wealthy man over 250 years ago.In the 18th century, before the safety razor was invented, a cut throat razor was the only option available to men. It was normal for men to visit a barber for a shave rather than do it themselves in their own homes. This set, made of macassar ebony, doubtless belonged to a man who would have had a servant to use it for him.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Possibly carved.
Material(s):Steel
Place of Origin:England

Dimensions

Height:228 mm
Width:45 mm
Diameter:43 mm