04-13-2014, 09:31 PM
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Chaps

A recent acquisition: an Ever-Ready No.42, Pure bristle, made in England, unused, mint.

I have not come across any reference to one of these anywhere else, and I am trying to ascertain the date.

The brush came with a box (poor condition) but see the bottom of the box (pic) where it says "Precision ER Products Ever Ready Personna London & Glasgow"

The "Personna" part really struck me as interesting.

Does anyone know anything about this brush? I'm guessing 1960s, going by the 'Mod' looking emblem/decal design.

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 04-14-2014, 02:40 AM
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Very late 1950s to early 1960s.

Remember that it is still sporting the name before ASR was taken over by Phillip Morris in 1960. So given the fact that box still says Ever-Ready Personna means it was made before the consolidation in 1968 of products when Burma Vita was absorbed into ASR and a large amount of company and logo changes occurred.

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 04-14-2014, 02:54 AM
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ASR? Is that American Safety Razor?

Good post, GD. Very informative. I knew someone would have a pretty good idea.

I can't help seeing 'Mod' in the design/logo. As in 'Mods and Rockers'.

The below pics are my 'Before and After' shots. Check out how bad the box was, but I used a few internal splints (cleverly disguised) and a gentle clean and got a sort of decent result. There was only so much I could do Smile I couldn't leave the box the way it was.

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 04-14-2014, 06:07 AM
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Yes. ASR is American Safety Razor.


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 04-14-2014, 07:43 AM
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Shaun, that is a sweet-looking brush! Biggrin

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 04-14-2014, 07:47 AM
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It looks a LOT like a vintage Vulfix brush i have. I mean virtually identical except the bottom on the vulfix is black. Is it porcelain ?

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 04-14-2014, 01:41 PM
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(04-14-2014, 07:47 AM)W.S.O. Wrote: It looks a LOT like a vintage Vulfix brush i have. I mean virtually identical except the bottom on the vulfix is black. Is it porcelain ?

No, plastic of some sort. But it weighs in at 55g. The Simpson Duke comes in at 60g, to give you something to compare it with. Do you have a picture of yours? I'd love to see it.

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 04-14-2014, 02:45 PM
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A.S.R. had procured several brand names over time such as Pal, Treet, Personna, Gem, Ever-Ready, Star. Many items that were sold in Britain were either made by other British companies or produced by A.S.R. with licensing arrangements from other companies.

This carried over into blade making. Wilkinson Sword provided technical support to Personna for stainless steel blades in the early 1960s which led to the British process Personna blades made and sold in the U.S. before Gillette moved into Stainless in 1964.

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So this could be a licensed Vulfix, because it does bear a very strong resemblance to the Vulfix Service brush.

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 04-14-2014, 10:52 PM
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"So this could be a licensed Vulfix, because it does bear a very strong resemblance to the Vulfix Service brush."


Interesting. Any chance of seeing that brush? Google revealed nothing...

I have an earlier Vulfix Service brush (1947) which I posted about here:

http://shavenook.com/thread-vulfix-servi...brush-1947

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 04-15-2014, 03:42 PM
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(04-14-2014, 10:52 PM)Shaun Wrote: "So this could be a licensed Vulfix, because it does bear a very strong resemblance to the Vulfix Service brush."


Interesting. Any chance of seeing that brush? Google revealed nothing...

I have an earlier Vulfix Service brush (1947) which I posted about here:

http://shavenook.com/thread-vulfix-servi...brush-1947

I finally found a larger photo.

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 04-15-2014, 04:45 PM
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Superb. It is the same, isn't it, down to the last detail (apart from the colour). Very interesting indeed.

Many thanks.

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 04-15-2014, 05:26 PM
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I love that logo on the ER 42

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 04-15-2014, 06:10 PM
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(04-15-2014, 05:26 PM)Darkbulb Wrote: I love that logo on the ER 42

So do I. I am reminded of Quadrophenia, Vespa scooters, Brighton Beach and Ska/Northern Soul (music)

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