Straight Razor with Celluloid Handle

Description:

The inscriptions on one side of the blade of this straight razor read “CARBO MAGNETIC / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.” and “60 Griffon XX.” Those on the case reads “Griffon / XX” and “TRADE MARK.” The handle is celluloid.

Alfred Lyman Silberstein (1866-1935) was born in Prussia, came to the U.S. as a young child, and established the Griffon Cutlery Works in New York in 1888. He introduced the term “Carbo-Magnetic” in 1895 and trademarked it in 1905. And he explained that “Fire heat is never uniform; electricity can be exactly measured and regulated as desired. That is why the electric tempering of the Carbo-Magnetic Razor Blade is absolutely uniform from end to end.”

Ref: Griffon Cutlery Works advertisement in McClures Magazine 36 (1911): 64.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

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Credit Line: Dadie and Norman B. Perlov

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2006.0098.1598Catalog Number: 2006.0098.1598Accession Number: 2006.0098

Object Name: straight razorstraight razor with celluloid handle

Physical Description: cellulose nitrate (handle material)metal (razor material)cardboard (box material)Measurements: overall: 17.2 cm x 2.9 cm x 1.5 cm; 6 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in x 9/16 inoverall: 11/16 in x 6 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 1.74625 cm x 17.4625 cm x 3.175 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-d713-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1347460

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