This is a wonderful old razor set complete with; The Improved Griffon Safety Razor, its original razor tin, the Automatic Stropping Machine and the original “Tourist Case” box. The razor was manufactured by the by the Griffon Cutlery Co. of New York which is written on both the head of the razor and on the orange and black tin. The handle of the razor, including the stropping end, disassembles and fits into the head of the razor and all items then go into the round tin. The ornate razor head has the Griffon name under the original Griffon wedge razor blade. With all the parts assembled the razor measures about 6 3/8" in length. It is in very nice condition with very little wear. There are a few tiny places where the plating is worn to the brass, particularly on the hinged lever that holds the blade in. The last patent date on it is 1902.
The tin has nice graphics on the front with the Griffon logo and is helpful with “Instructions for Shaving” on the back side. It has a slip on lid and measures about 1 5/16” in diameter and 2 5/16” tall. It is in generally good condition with good color, gloss and light wear. There are however some areas that the litho has been scratched and is down to the bare metal. There are a couple of small spots on the front, a ¾” and ¼” long scratch on the side of the front panel and a larger spot on the back. There is also quite a bit of small flaking off of the top of the lid.
The Automatic Stropping Machine is a “Silaco” manufactured by Silberstein Hecht & Co. of New York. With a blade in the holder and holding the tabs on the back side, you move the razor up and down over the leather strop. It is made of wood with the leather strop and nickel plated metal parts. It measures about 11 ½” long and 1 7/8” wide and is in very nice condition with light wear.
The cardboard box has a black textured paper cover with gold lettering and the original price of $3.00. The inside of the box accommodates the stropper and has a special partition for the razor tin. It measures about 13 3/8” by 1 ¾” by 2 3/8” and is in very nice condition with minimal wear. The gold lettering is subdued.
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