This is an old handheld device for sharpening early wedge razor blades. With a blade inserted into the holder and a leather strop laced over the two bars you would hold the handle and move it back and forth which would rotate the blade to hone both sides. The end plate is marked “The Gem Safety Razor Stropping Machine”. It also the “Z” within a circle which is apparently a reference to the Zinn family which was a manufacturing company holding several patents for razors and razor sharpening devices marketed under the Gem name in the early 1900’s before the Gem Cutlery Co. was established. The handle is painted wood.
It measures about 6 ¾” long and about 2 5/8” wide and it is in very good condition with minimal wear and no damage. The plating on the metal is in very nice condition with minimal discoloration.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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