Gillette or Fake Gillette?
The razor pictured below was one of a lot of four, bought for $28 shipped. The seller described it as an unknown make.
There is a date code on the shaft of the tightening knob, B476948, which would fit the Gillette numbering scheme and put it at 1910. The main piece at the right has "PAT NOV 15 '04 around the bottom.
What it does not have is the Gillette logo, or "made in <country>" anywhere on it. Did some of the earlier Gillettes not have the logo, or is this just a fake?
I kind of like it, regardless. Was almost black when I got it, with a very rusted old blade in it. Still needs a little more polish, perhaps, but it's getting there.
BTW, the other razors in the lot included a blemished, but shave grade E1 Blue Tip, a short comb New that looks very nice despite some plating loss, and a very beat up G1 injector.
"...when I attempt a discourse the words come out as they will, and they may make sense when they strike the atmosphere, or they may not." O.Henry - - "Cabbages and Kings"