Leather rollup with safety razor or Straight Razor by Durham Duplex Razor Company, Model 131 Travel Light kit, considered a utilitarian kit it contains: straight edge, six blades in original wrapping, never open or used, and fold out packaging of six additional never used razor blades. Leather rollup is 6 ¼” long, 4 ¼” when extended, has functioning metal snap closure, two pockets for blades and leather sleeve to hold the razor in place. Pocket for blades is imprinted “Durham Duplex Razor Co. Jersey City Paris Sheffield Toronto.” Steel razor blades are 2 3/8” long, 7/8” wide. All in unused condition. The duplex razor unit has a blade in position, is stamped with company logo and name. Overall size is 8” with white Bakelite handle extended. . Shaving unit is 2 ½”. This is one of the early razors which resembled an open-comb or “shavette”. The original shavette-like razor first introduced in 1908. This choice of two different shaving heads is the origin of the term "Duplex" and also means that the Durham Duplex was the world's first shavette makers. This is a rare straight razor in amazing condition and a must for your collection.
The Durham Razor Company Inc was founded in New York and set up manufacturing in Mystic, New Jersey to produce the Durham-Duplex safety razor system, which is where the name comes from. This innovative product was considered to be a major advancement in shaving especially in comparison to the traditional cut throat razor. The Durham double edge steel razor blade could be re-sharpened on the strop almost indefinitely, but eventually they could be disposed of and replaced without needing a new handle - offering both a considerable saving and a safe way to shave.
This is the last of a massive 12000 piece pharmacy collection. This is the last and best of it all. We are in the process of preparing to list in the coming month. Currently for sale are 150+ pharmacy and drugstore items. ALL ON SALE. Glass bottles, apothecary jars, tins and boxes many unopened, some with original contents.
See photos. The handle is warped and separated at the end. Originally it would have been connected. I think this happened in storage. It shows no sign of use or wear.
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