Know anything about Loeffler & Sykes razors?
Stopped off at an Antiques Store the other day, (you know where this is leading) and spotted a Loeffler & Sykes straight that looked pretty nice under that lovely gray patina. It is pretty rare; there isn't a lot about the company on the internet but I discovered a thread in one of the shaving forums from about 2 years ago that noted a 5/8 Loeffler & Sykes with a man in an overcoat holding a briefcase and denoted "Our Drummer". It stated that this company was started by Loeffler in 1885 and took Sykes as a partner in 1889. The company folded in 1905. It was one of the largest cosmetic and barber supply houses in the Rochester, New York area at that time.
The razor I have is 11/16 full hollow with a spike point. On one side is a marking that appears to be a Spaniard or a man in the clothes of the 15th or 16th century holding a staff with the flag flying in the breeze and a sword at the order sword position. On the other side is the manuf. name and location with "made in Germany" stamped. This razor is an outstanding shaver and took a wickedly sharp edge when I honed it. I'm interested in knowing more about this blade and a little provenance on it so, if anyone has any info please let me know. Here are some shots of the tang info. At any rate not a bad razor for under $20.00 bucks!
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