07-04-2017, 09:13 PM
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  • Shaun
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I present to you the 1934 Gillette Aristocrat Open Comb in original pin-seal leather-bound case, and as near to mint as you can get.

For those that don't know, this was the first ever one-piece TTO made by Gillette, and weighs in at at respectable 70 grams. It cost $4 in its day and was made for a few years only, with a variation to the silo door rivets coming a little later on. Mr Razor has one listed, and notes a US Blue Blade on his website marked 'F' for 1935; in my set, there are 6 original blades left in the blade-case marked 'E', so it definitely comes from the first year of manufacture: 1934. It probably means the original owner (Australian?) used only four of the 10 blades supplied, given the superb condition of this set.

I don't normally like gold razors, but the quality of the plating on this Aristocrat is truly lustrous and generously heavier than you see on some later-model Gillettes. It glows more deeply and doesn't have that lighter, 'blingy' look you sometimes see.

Here are the pictures: Hope you like them. This is the best one of its kind I have ever seen.

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And check the superb fine-leather craftsmanship on the case (rear view) noting the extra flap layer for added wear and protection, and the just-discernible decorative zig-zag edging. I hadn't realised 'pin-seal' is baby seal. Sad Apologies to the baby seal Sad 

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 07-04-2017, 09:17 PM
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 07-05-2017, 05:48 AM
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(07-04-2017, 09:13 PM)Shaun Wrote: This is the best one of its kind I have ever seen.
I agree!  This is a tremendous example of this landmark razor and certainly the best I've ever seen.  Thanks for sharing.

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 07-05-2017, 06:06 AM
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An outstanding example of this historic TTO.  Thanks for posting this interesting write-up.

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 07-05-2017, 06:40 AM
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  • JRRIII
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Amazing find; Absolutely stunning!

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 07-05-2017, 08:03 AM
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  • doc47
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A beautiful razor that I know you will enjoy. I have one and prize it highly as I know you must yours. 34's in that condition do not surface very often! Congratulations. Buy the way, I'm sure you didn't pay the original price for the razor; darned inflation! Wink

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 07-05-2017, 08:42 AM
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(07-05-2017, 08:03 AM)doc47 Wrote: A beautiful razor that I know you will enjoy. I have one and prize it highly as I know you must yours. 34's in that condition do not surface very often! Congratulations. Buy the way, I'm sure you didn't pay the original price for the razor; darned inflation! Wink

FWIW $4.00 in 1934 adjusted for inflation (CPI) to today's dollar is $73.

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 07-05-2017, 12:12 PM
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(07-05-2017, 08:42 AM)Mazama Wrote:
(07-05-2017, 08:03 AM)doc47 Wrote: A beautiful razor that I know you will enjoy. I have one and prize it highly as I know you must yours. 34's in that condition do not surface very often! Congratulations. Buy the way, I'm sure you didn't pay the original price for the razor; darned inflation! Wink

FWIW $4.00 in 1934 adjusted for inflation (CPI) to today's dollar is $73.

I have a feeling he probably paid more than $73

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 07-05-2017, 04:10 PM
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Guys, I am sorry to have to tell you what I really did pay. 

Converted to US dollars, and this includes postage and handling... $85. Please don't hate me. Smile In 1934 money, that's $4.65 Smile

Well, you all did seem very curious to know. Smile 

I have really no idea how much it might actually fetch in other circumstances Smile

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 07-17-2017, 08:33 PM
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Happy to report an most pleasurable shave with this razor today. Very good, but it will go back in the case for another day.

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 08-17-2017, 03:41 AM
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(07-05-2017, 04:10 PM)Shaun Wrote: Guys, I am sorry to have to tell you what I really did pay. 

Converted to US dollars, and this includes postage and handling... $85. Please don't hate me. Smile In 1934 money, that's $4.65 Smile

Well, you all did seem very curious to know. Smile 

I have really no idea how much it might actually fetch in other circumstances Smile

There is one on ebay now and it's in very good shape as well as the box but not in mint conditon like yours and it's going for a $269 " Buy it now " price. It does say make offer and based on my experience with this seller on a near mint Gillette Toggle that I didn't end up buying he will bend a little bit on his asking price but not much. So I think you really scored so I'm thinking from $300. up for yours but if I had that It would be a keeper for sure. Beautiful razor and a big Congrats!!  Thumbup

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 08-17-2017, 05:11 AM
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(08-17-2017, 03:41 AM)Wanderer66 Wrote:
(07-05-2017, 04:10 PM)Shaun Wrote: Guys, I am sorry to have to tell you what I really did pay. 

Converted to US dollars, and this includes postage and handling... $85. Please don't hate me. Smile In 1934 money, that's $4.65 Smile

Well, you all did seem very curious to know. Smile 

I have really no idea how much it might actually fetch in other circumstances Smile

There is one on ebay now and it's in very good shape as well as the box but not in mint conditon like yours and it's going for a $269 " Buy it now " price. It does say make offer and based on my experience with this seller on a near mint Gillette Toggle that I didn't end up buying he will bend a little bit on his asking price but not much. So I think you really scored so I'm thinking from $300. up for yours but if I had that It would be a keeper for sure. Beautiful razor and a big Congrats!!  Thumbup

Why thanks. The monetary value isn't that important to me really as I am not a seller or dealer. I just like interesting, historical objects. I collect more than just shaving equipment, although it's my main source of interest now. Still, $300. Nothing to sniff at. Wink Thanks for posting.

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 08-17-2017, 05:15 AM
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Is there any information on whether or not the GEM TTO Micromatic that was introduced back in 1930 was an influence on Gillette creating a Twist to Open version?

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 08-17-2017, 05:43 AM
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  • chazt
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Shaun, you are absolutely the reigning king of the wild! What's your secret?

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 08-17-2017, 04:03 PM
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(08-17-2017, 05:43 AM)chazt Wrote: Shaun, you are absolutely the reigning king of the wild! What's your secret?

No secret: just keen eyes coupled with the fact that I live in Sydney where there seems to be less interest in wet shaving than in the UK or the USA. It's circumstantial, by and large. The other side of this, however, is that what is available is limited by what was exported and retailed here. Occasionally, and rarely, I'll find something that must surely have arrived with the shaver who was either a traveller or migrant. Re availability more generally, the Fatboy is a case in point: I have a few that I have cleaned and restored to good working order, but most seem to be stamped G2. Quality vintage brushes are far harder to find. It seems most shavers here in days gone buy went for the economical, or had restricted access to decent kit. What was sold in the shops was all that people could buy. But like I say, I collect other things besides, e.g. http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=50247

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 08-17-2017, 05:01 PM
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Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Shaun. Forgive my ignorance, but are you saying that there weren't shaving items manufactured in Australia? The concept seems almost absurd.

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