04-27-2020, 09:01 PM
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Williams’ is an old brand… sometimes vilified in this golden age of wetshaving, but if reports from trustworthy shavers is to be believed the vintage formulations was/is pretty good.

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1898 advertisement for the Williams’ Shaving Soaps from J. B. Williams Company (Glastonbury, Connecticut)
One hundred and twenty two years ago, Williams had already been making shaving soaps for half a century… well, technically for more than half a century, since James B. Williams manufactured the first shaving soap for use in shaving mugs in 1840 – a whooping one hundred and eighty years ago today. It might be fashionable to talk down the modern formulation – I have not tried it yet, although I probably ought to at some point just to see how horrible it really is – but they have to do something right to stay around for that long.

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 04-27-2020, 10:33 PM
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Wow... the Swiss violet shaving cream came in with quite a surcharge!

Also: 180 years of shaving soap!! In 1840: Monet was born, Napoleon was laid to rest, and Johnny Appleseed met Abaraham Lincoln.

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 04-28-2020, 02:13 AM
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According to the internet Klar Seifen started manufacturing soaps in 1840 too, although I'm not sure if they made shaving soaps from the get-go... either way it's a long time.

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 05-08-2020, 05:57 PM
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(04-27-2020, 10:33 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Wow... the Swiss violet shaving cream came in with quite a surcharge!

The Williams Swiss Violet Shave Cream came in a heavy ceramic dish with a floral decoration somewhat similar to the Mitchell's Wool Fat dish, and may explain the price compared to the other soap pucks. They are pretty rare today but you can sometimes find the dish or lids for sale.

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 05-08-2020, 06:16 PM
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(05-08-2020, 05:57 PM)vuk Wrote:
(04-27-2020, 10:33 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Wow... the Swiss violet shaving cream came in with quite a surcharge!

The Williams Swiss Violet Shave Cream came in a heavy ceramic dish with a floral decoration somewhat similar to the Mitchell's Wool Fat dish, and may explain the price compared to the other soap pucks. They are pretty rare today but you can sometimes find the dish or lids for sale.

Interesting, was it this?

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 05-08-2020, 07:06 PM
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Yea, that's the one.
I think it was a common way to package shave cream from the mid to late 19th century before metal tubes were invented. There were a lot of perfumers from that time period who packaged shave creams like that. Here's a website with pictures of various lids from that era.

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 05-08-2020, 07:28 PM
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Wow... that site is a treasure trove! (I had to look up bears grease Biggrin)

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 05-09-2020, 03:18 AM
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I love me some vintage Williams shave soap. Thanks for the article, Hans.
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 05-09-2020, 04:21 AM
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(05-09-2020, 03:18 AM)primotenore Wrote: I love me some vintage Williams shave soap. Thanks for the article, Hans.
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Lovely collection, and you're welcome Smile

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 05-09-2020, 04:45 AM
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I'm loving the ceramic container photos - maybe a thread devoted to ceramic containers is needed?

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 05-09-2020, 06:19 AM
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(05-09-2020, 04:45 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: I'm loving the ceramic container photos - maybe a thread devoted to ceramic containers is needed?

I'll second that idea!

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 05-09-2020, 06:35 AM
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(05-09-2020, 06:19 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(05-09-2020, 04:45 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: I'm loving the ceramic container photos - maybe a thread devoted to ceramic containers is needed?

I'll second that idea!

I had no idea these existed. My lack of display space should keep me distanced from the rabbit hole..  Babeando

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 05-09-2020, 07:02 AM
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(05-09-2020, 06:35 AM)chazt Wrote:
(05-09-2020, 06:19 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(05-09-2020, 04:45 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: I'm loving the ceramic container photos - maybe a thread devoted to ceramic containers is needed?

I'll second that idea!

I had no idea these existed. My lack of display space should keep me distanced from the rabbit hole..  Babeando


CCAD (Ceramic container addiction disorder) now upon us!

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