Apparently just before the US entered WWII Gillette introduced the Gillette gold-plated Regent Tech. This model was only in production for a short time -- and they never produced any display ads for this set (at least none of us has seen one -- yet). The case was a hand-crafted leather box with a nice embossed Gillette logo, a wooden mount (similar to what was used in the Richwood cases) to hold the razor, and a gold blade case. The razor is a variant on the usual American made TTO gold-plated Aristocrat as seen below.
I was able to obtain this set from another vintage collector, and had a special offer from a new metal plating company: Tanury Industries in Lincoln, Rhode Island. It's somewhat complicated, but they do replating like a number of other places people have found, specializing in machine parts, fire arms, musical instruments and parts. They are actually reluctant to plate razors -- unless they have some quantity of razors needing the same type of metal plating. Nonetheless, they offered to plate several razors for me at no charge -- so I agreed. And this Regent Tech got a great 24 carat gold plating -- even though it was already in pretty decent shape.
Exterior is in pretty good condition. And the stitching looks like it may have been done by hand.
Notice the area just under the razor's neck (the shoulder?) -- and how it differs from the usual Aristocrat. Also the area between the TTO knob and the main barrel -- also different.
No endcaps on this model Aristocrat. This is an interesting parallel with the Ranger Tech -- the initial release (1941) had no endcaps and then in 1946 (after WWII) they released a new model Ranger Tech that had endcaps -- like this gold-plated Aristocrat. Wonder what it was about endcaps that indicated an improvement?
Notice how the center bar also differs from the more commonly seen US Aristocrat.
I'm quite satisfied with the plating job Tanury did. Quite impressive actually. And if you have a set like this one, or a razor with this design, please post away so we can develop an archive of the exceptions.