I recently purchased a NOS gold Gillette Aristocrat from the bay (and no doubt paid way too much for it).
The razor arrived today in its original packaging and indeed presented as totally unused. I took the razor in to a better lit room and to my horror discovered that despite everything else appearing perfect, both the doors were subject to discolouration. Initially I though it was oil similar to that on my straights, but it didn't wipe away (as I had hoped it would). Instead it actually looks like something has taken some of the gold plating away, I'm guessing an abrasive cleaning product has dissolved some of the gold.
I've attached some pics and would really appreciate some feedback as this is my first adventure in to the world of vintage DE razors and I'm not sure if I should be as disappointed as I'm currently feeling. The two pics without flash show (albeit not clearly) a pink and silver streaking across the doors. So is this simply normal ageing of an UNUSED razor or have I been let down by a vendor that didn't disclose the fact that he ruined a beautiful razor by trying to make it extra shiny?
Any tips for remedying this cosmetic flaw (other than re-plating as the rest of the razor is in such great condition)? Am I simply being too pedantic?
Last edited by ben74; 03-26-2012 at 05:40 AM.
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