10-13-2016, 01:02 PM
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Picked this up several weeks ago and finally got around giving it an examination.
The scales are tortoise shell, surrounded and framed in Sterling. 
The Sterling is not marked but acid tested positive for .925.
The tortoise shell is cracked into several pieces but held in place by the sterling.
I do not know if the scales are original or a replacement, but they are old with patina on the pins. 
In all my years of hunting I have never seen scales like these, a very unique piece.


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 10-13-2016, 01:11 PM
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  • evnpar
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What a find! I love the scales, and they are a very nice match with the blade. It is a beauty.

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 10-13-2016, 02:29 PM
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Great looking scales. Am guessing you are planning to restore it. Look fwd to seeing those pics.

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 10-13-2016, 05:38 PM
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Great score.  Look forward to your pictures after the razor is restored.

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 10-13-2016, 05:40 PM
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  • eengler
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Very interesting Scales. Nice Find!

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 10-13-2016, 05:46 PM
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Wow! great scales you got there!

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 10-15-2016, 07:53 PM
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this is the first time ive ever seen this scale setup on any razor, internet or otherwise.

love tort scales and the stirling silver is a nice touch.

out of curiosity how thick are they? would they be clunky in use due to weight/size or does it seem like the shave would go off without a hitch?

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 10-16-2016, 06:26 AM
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(10-15-2016, 07:53 PM)Runninscared Wrote: this is the first time ive ever seen this scale setup on any razor, internet or otherwise.

love tort scales and the stirling silver is a nice touch.

out of curiosity how thick are they? would they be clunky in use due to weight/size or does it seem like the shave would go off without a hitch?
 
The scales are surprisingly thin and light. The tortoise shell seems to be cut in a thin veneer and then the Sterling wraps around.

 The overall thickness is less than a typical Sheffeld wedge in bone or horn with a flat profile.

 Have not cleaned it up yet but it is comfortable in the hand.

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 10-16-2016, 09:04 AM
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Cracked or not, the combination of tortoise and sterling is all class and I'm sure the original owner took a lot of pride in ownership. I've never seen that combination before. I would imagine brand new this relic was certainly not of the proletariat. If you don't know how to do it yourself send it out to be restored. I would send it to Doc226. Depending on its current state it will come back looking like a museum piece.


~Royce

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 01-12-2017, 04:47 AM
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Beautiful.  I don't remember ever seeing a W&B with tortoiseshell scales before.  Hell of a find.

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 01-18-2017, 04:46 PM
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That is just plain rad.  Like something you'd see in the house of a 19th century plantation owner on a tropic island in the pacific...

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