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#1

Member
Chicago, IL
(This post was last modified: 11-18-2015, 10:27 PM by jnaff811.)
Well, guys ... how did I do, anything good?  

Only my 2nd visit to an antique store and I was excited to find seven (7) razors in the display case!  I'm grabbed 'em all, as my fear was that I was passing on a rare collectible - I'm not an expert in the vintage stuff.  

After a bit of research, here's what I know:
Box:
1  Ever-Ready
2  Schick Injector

No Box:
1  Gillette Single Ring OC  (no writing on head, Pat. Nov 15 '04 on handle) - possibly 1906?
2  Gillette Super Speed Red Tip
3  Gillette New OC
4  Gillette New OC
5  GEM Junior

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A few other notes:
The Single Ring OC is a real "dark" chrome, almost gun metal.  Does it need cleaning or is that normal?
The two New OC's have fat handles, and I believe they are identical.
The GEM and Red Tip are beat up!  They need some Scrubbing Bubbles!

Thanks!
Jay

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#2

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
Jay, you have a very nice collection there. Once cleaned up, all of them will make excellent shavers so just enjoy them as that. I have no idea of their current value but to get a "guesstimate" see what folks are asking for them on eBay.
#3

Member
Chicago, IL
Thanks, Freddy. I have no intention of selling, but it would be nice to know if I found something unique or hard-to-find.

I need to search this site and the rest of the 'net to learn more about proper cleaning techniques. I particularly don't want to damage the gold colored New OC's - they seem to be in the best condition of the lot.
#4
I frequent antique stores often and buy a lot of antique razors and can tell you that there isn't anything there really rare but there is a couple of rare parts to your finds in my opinion. I recently paid about 8 bucks for my last red tip and 10 for the "news" identical to yours in nearly the same condition and I don't think I'd ever pay over that unless they had the box with them. The single ring is more rare as I have only ever seen a few of these in the antique stores I have frequented and there have been many I have been in, I think I paid 25 bucks for each of mine two years ago and I haven't seen another in all of 15. The everready I must say look to be in immaculate shape and with the case that appear also in great shape. While I can buy those razors at a lot of shops I have been too for 6-8 dollars, they are in nowhere as good of shape or with the boxes, they in my opinion are the most valuable of your lot, finding one in great shape with the box.

As you frequent antique stores more and more you will know immediately what some of this stuff should sell for and what a great deal is. Regardless all of them will provide great shaves and isn't that the best part!!
#5

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
(This post was last modified: 11-18-2015, 11:32 PM by andrewjs18.)
(11-18-2015, 09:20 PM)jnaff811 Wrote: Well, guys ... how did I do, anything good?  

Only my 2nd visit to an antique store and I was excited to find seven (7) razors in the display case!  I'm grabbed 'em all, as my fear was that I was passing on a rare collectible - I'm not an expert in the vintage stuff.  

After a bit of research, here's what I know:
Box:
1  Ever-Ready
2  Schick Injector

No Box:
1  Gillette Single Ring OC  (no writing on head, Pat. Nov 15 '04 on handle) - possibly 1906?
2  Gillette Super Speed Red Tip
3  Gillette New OC
4  Gillette New OC
5  GEM Junior

[Image: gjuOfJg.jpg]

A few other notes:
The Single Ring OC is a real "dark" chrome, almost gun metal.  Does it need cleaning or is that normal?
The two New OC's have fat handles, and I believe they are identical.
The GEM and Red Tip are beat up!  They need some Scrubbing Bubbles!

Thanks!
Jay

nice little haul there. as steeleshaves mentioned, nothing really rare with the exception of the single ring..they're out there, just harder to find in good shape. I had a 1905, I believe, that I regret selling.

the 'dark chrome' on the single ring is tarnish. you can clean it with the baking soda and aluminum foil method that I talk about here: http://damnfineshave.com/thread-1905-gil...-pic-heavy

for the other stuff, you can use warm water & soap with a toothbrush. you might want to let them soak some before going at them with a toothbrush. if the soap & water doesn't work, you can try scrubbing bubbles.
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
#6

Member
Chicago, IL
(11-18-2015, 11:31 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: the 'dark chrome' on the single ring is tarnish.  you can clean it with the baking soda and aluminum foil method that I talk about here: http://damnfineshave.com/thread-1905-gil...-pic-heavy

for the other stuff, you can use warm water & soap with a toothbrush.  you might want to let them soak some before going at them with a toothbrush.  if the soap & water doesn't work, you can try scrubbing bubbles.

Andrew - the baking soda and foil did wonders for the silver colored Single Ring Old Type.  Can I put ANY old Gillette razor in the baking soda?  Will it damage the gold plated NEW OC's?

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#7

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
I don't know how non-aluminum will react in that solution, but I wouldn't try it.

For your other razors, just try soaking them in soapy water for a little while, then hit them with a toothbrush.
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
#8

Member
Chicago, IL
Here's the single ring after some baking soda and foil ... amazing how 110 years of "exposure" can disappear so quickly!

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#9

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
Excellent! Let us know how you like the shaves from it.
#10
Well done. The Ever-Ready is an amazing shaver.


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