Straight Razor with Celluloid Handle and Case

Straight Razor with Celluloid Handle and Case

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The Durham Safety Razor Co. was established in New York City, probably in 1908. By 1910, now trading as the Durham Duplex Razor Co., it had a factory in Jersey City, N.J. The inscriptions on the celluloid handle of this straight razor read “DURHAM DUPLEX BLADES” and “DURHAM DEMONSTRATION.” That on the blade reads “PAT. U.S.A. MAY 28, 07.”
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Object Name
straight razor
straight razor with celluloid handle
straight razor with celluloid handle and case
date made
Durham Duplex Razor Company
Place Made
United States: New Jersey, Jersey City
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (handle and case material)
stainless steel (razor material)
overall: 1.4 cm x 14 cm x 3 cm; 9/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 3/16 in
overall in case: 5/8 in x 5 9/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 1.5875 cm x 14.12875 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
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accession number
Credit Line
Dadie and Norman B. Perlov
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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