This old apparatus was for sharpening double edge razor blades such as the Gillette blades. The body of the nickel plated stropper is opened by pressing on the two little finger tabs toward the outside edge. Inside the housing are four rollers with leather straps and two posts. The blade is placed over the two posts then the housing is closed and depressed in the center. The small, wood handled crank is then turned to rotate the rollers which strop and hone the razor blade. The back side of the case shows that this is a Blue Beard from the Beardsley & Wolcott Mfg. Co. of Waterbury Connecticut. The patents date this to late 1920’s. This plain version is earlier than the one with a deco motif.
The body measures about 2 3/8” across at the little finger tabs by 2 1/8” wide, with the crank extending further by1 ¼” think. It is in fair condition with some light pitting to the plating and loss of paint to the wood handle. The leather strips show wear and the rollers, which are made of a white pot metal, are stressed and cracked from moisture and age. The mechanism is tight but rotates and could probably benefit from a little lubricant. This would probably be best to be an example in a collection rather than a daily user.
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