This is a vintage Henckels Rapide Safety Razor by the J.A.Henckels Twin Works of Germany. The flared, knurled nut on the handle screws downward allowing the wire bail on the back of the head to move away from the wedge shaped blade so it can be removed or replaced under the small tension clamps on the edge. It is marked with the company name, logo and model; "Rapide" on the handle above the cross hatched section. It is fitted with an original blade which is clearly marked with the company information. It is in very good condition with minimal wear and measures about 4 1/2" in length.
It comes with the stropper and a second razor in the original blade holder all in the original box with a snap closure. The blade holder for the stropper fits into the end of the crosshatched handle when it is being stored. The blade holder shows considerable wear and abuse. The plating on the handle is lightly yellowed compared to the razor handle. It is not marked with the company name or logo. The additional blade is marked the same as the one in the razor and the holder has the company logo.
The box is a heavy, navy blue, textured cardboard that is basically in very nice condition. Inside the lid is a padded silk fabric with the company name. The silk is frayed across the bottom exposing the stuffing. The bottom portion of the inside is covered with a velvet like fabric that was probably a rich blue but is now faded and dingy. The lid has a latch closure. Pushing the button downward releases the snap. It would appear that it was pried open since it has tears on either side of the metal clasp. The box measures about 4 15/16" by 2 1/16" by 1 3/8" high.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Item ID: 19257