Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 58

Thread: Wooden cased Gillettes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49

    Default Wooden cased Gillettes

    There was a period when Gillette made wooden cases for their best razors. The Richwood and Big Fellow appeared in the 2nd decade of the 20th century. Doubt we'll find such beauties these days. When the wood is cared for, it seems like it may last another 100 years.






    This one is my newest addition to the collection. A fairly aggressive shaver with considerable heft.


    Not sure about this razor model. Anyone know for sure? British made.




    They look as good as new. I acknowledge those early owners who had the foresight to preserve their razors with such care. And the manufacturer for creating such a useful and impressive tool that survived the past century so well.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    6,546
    Images
    1

    Default

    Beautiful razors. The last one looks like a New Improved ( Bostonian/ New Standard when packaged differently). The New Improved heads give me the best shaves of any razor that I've tried.

    Link to Achim/ Mr. Razor
    "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying" .... Woody Allen
    Proud member of the Great Eagle Group Buy 2010

    Mike,
    SOTD Steward http://badgerandblade.com/vb/forumdi...nt-of-the-Day!

    Item of the Week: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...iscussion-2014

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,092

    Default

    My dad just picked up a "big razor" in a wood box with Gillette carved inside. As he doesn't have a digital camera (and no internet anyway) I haven't been able to see it but I'm guessing it's a big fellow. He said the box is in spectacular condition as is the razor. Only other identification that he can notice anyways on the razor is a date of 1920 on the handle. I'm gonna be seeing it this weekend so I'm hopeful.....

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Yes I agree about the 3rd razor being a New Improved. It is the 2nd razor I am trying to identify. I have some more photos of it that I'll try to post soon.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49
    Thread Starter

    Default

    I look forward to seeing photos of the razor set your father purchased jlanger. Sounds like the wooden cased Big Fellow. Hope so.

    And here are a few photos of the British razor that's in the 2nd Richwood case pictured above -- razor #2. Any suggestions for its model name/number folks?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails rich-0.jpg   rich-1.jpg   rich-2.jpg  

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    HB, California
    Posts
    5,690
    Images
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    I look forward to seeing photos of the razor set your father purchased jlanger. Sounds like the wooden cased Big Fellow. Hope so.

    And here are a few photos of the British razor that's in the 2nd Richwood case pictured above -- razor #2. Any suggestions for its model name/number folks?
    Wow Jake I have never seen that model before. Is it a two piece like an 88 or a three piece? It looks awesome. Where do you find these treasures?
    -Chris-
    "Fear is the mindkiller"

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49
    Thread Starter

    Default

    No it's a regular 3-piece razor Chris, with no serial number on it -- at least not one that I can find. The silver plating is wearing thin so the underlying brass gives the razor a pinkish hue. Really pretty.

    I picked up that razor at least a year ago -- possibly longer. I just hadn't gotten around to taking any photos until I got the Big Fellow in the wooden case. Now that I have a trio I feel ready to show them off.

    I think the mysterious Richwood was a razor I found on Ebay -- back in the day when a deal was a deal and the rarities were more prevalent.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    HB, California
    Posts
    5,690
    Images
    1

    Default

    Have you looked up the patent number? Maybe some info can be gleaned from it.
    Last edited by xillion; 10-25-2010 at 09:57 PM.
    -Chris-
    "Fear is the mindkiller"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,092

    Default

    Looks a lot like a no. 77:



    But that's a two piece I believe, maybe an older version of it? Looks like there may have been a 3 piece version in the past according to the advertising?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Berlin / Germany
    Posts
    3,538

    Default

    I´ve never seen before that razor.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lehigh Valley
    Posts
    3,150

    Default

    I have the Big Fellow and Richwood as well but that other one is a mystery to me.
    Hating on Arko since 11/28/2012 | Founder of the He-Man Arko Haters Club

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49
    Thread Starter

    Default

    I'll try to get some close-up photos of the patent numbers and perhaps one of the experts among us will find the means to track down what this Gillette mystery razor is. We need to unmask this guy before All Hallowed Eve...

  13. #13
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Berlin / Germany
    Posts
    3,538

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    I'll try to get some close-up photos of the patent numbers and perhaps one of the experts among us will find the means to track down what this Gillette mystery razor is. We need to unmask this guy before All Hallowed Eve...
    What I´ve seen on your pictures, it´s the same Patent No. like on the #77, #88 or 2-piece Belmont: Brit.Pat.Nos-352975-6-7-363892
    Last edited by mr-razor; 10-26-2010 at 10:55 PM.

  14. #14

    Default

    I have that razor you are trying to identify in gold plating. Itīs in the same wooden case and the outer shipper is marked with Richwood Gold. First I thought it was a mismatch but now I think itīs original after Iīve seen yours.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lehigh Valley
    Posts
    3,150

    Default

    I think the handle to that Brit NEW is the mystery part.
    Hating on Arko since 11/28/2012 | Founder of the He-Man Arko Haters Club

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Whydert, can you post some photos of your set? I'd love to see that razor and collection in gold. I had not seen any wooden cased razors in gold plating.

  17. #17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Whydert, can you post some photos of your set? I'd love to see that razor and collection in gold. I had not seen any wooden cased razors in gold plating.
    Sure!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails razors 008.jpg   razors 014.jpg   razors 012.jpg  

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    2,503
    Images
    49
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Thanks Whydert. Very nice set there. Do you have other gold-plated wooden cased Gillettes? What a beautiful model. Any idea its age? And can I assume the pat # is the same as what Achim posted above -- and that it's British?

    And you are correct Achim -- my razor does have the same patent # you wrote above. Interesting...

  19. #19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Thanks Whydert. Very nice set there. Do you have other gold-plated wooden cased Gillettes? What a beautiful model. Any idea its age? And can I assume the pat # is the same as what Achim posted above -- and that it's British?

    And you are correct Achim -- my razor does have the same patent # you wrote above. Interesting...
    Hi Jake,

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=171768 here you can see another gold razor in wooden case.
    As for the other questions, it's made in England and with same pat. #

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    jersey bounce
    Posts
    373

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mdevine View Post
    Beautiful razors. The last one looks like a New Improved ( Bostonian/ New Standard when packaged differently). The New Improved heads give me the best shaves of any razor that I've tried.

    Link to Achim/ Mr. Razor
    I have this razor, with the blade holder and the Richwood box. Just above the "screw" part on the bottom of the handle, is stamped PAT. JAN 13, 1920.

    But my razor is rather tarnished. What do you suggest I use to clean and polish this beauty. I don't think the boiling/scrubbing bubbles routine is called for here!
    Dan'l

    Blood is a big expense - Virgil "The Turk" Sollazzo

Similar Threads

  1. Cased Gillettes, WWI set, Damaskeene & soaps
    By cpool222 in forum Shaving Mall - Buy/Sell/Trade
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 08-16-2011, 09:56 AM
  2. FS: Cased travel razors - Gems and Gillettes
    By brothers in forum Shaving Mall - Buy/Sell/Trade
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-13-2011, 05:28 PM
  3. cased Gillettes and CLIX
    By cpool222 in forum Shaving Mall - Buy/Sell/Trade
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-27-2011, 09:31 PM
  4. Cased Gillettes For Sale
    By markb in forum Shaving Mall - Buy/Sell/Trade
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03-30-2010, 09:09 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
By accessing Badger & Blade, you agree to abide by the Terms of Usage. You can find our Privacy Policy here.
Once submitted, any posts, images, or content become the property of Badger & Blade.
Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.