"The Warner Jones, patented 5-11-20", according to imprint on its handle, is a razor blade stropping and honing device. The clamp fitting secures the blade (photo) and allows the edge to swivel against a conventional strop or whetstone. The chrome tool has a knurled barrel which revolves 360 degrees facilitating an easily flip of the blade to sharpen the opposing edge. It's a fun illustration of American industrial and technological innovation and advance of the 20th century. Barber and toiletry tools, like mousetraps were continuously objects of invention. "Best safety razor sharpener invented," say the instructions (we'll include a facsimile of the original brochure with your purchase) and call it a "scientifically constructed instrument." The Warner-Jones Company of St. Paul is listed in the 1919 Annual Report of the Minnesota Agricultural Society as the maker of "razor sharpener." It appears to have been short-lived.
The tool is approximately 5 1/2 inches long. Condition shows typical use; it is fully intact and functional.
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