VINTAGE RED CREAM SWIRL BAKELITE ONTARIO STRAIGHT RAZOR
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FOR AUCTION IS A VINTAGE, MARBLED RED & CREAM COLORED, BAKELITE / EARLY PLASTIC STRAIGHT RAZOR, BLADE MARKED: "ONTARIO CUTLERY CO...ONTARIO, N.Y.".
HANDLES MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 5 ½" INCHES IN LENGTH, COMPLETELY EXTENDED BLADE AND HANDLE MEASURE APPROXIMATELY 9 ½" INCHES IN LENGTH.
CONDITION: NO CHIPS OR CRACKS TO BAKELITE HANDLING, NO HAIRLINES AROUND METAL PINS THAT HOLD THE HANDLE AND BLADE TOGETHER. SOME RUST SPOTS ON BLADE. THE MARBLED BAKELITE HANDLE IS IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION IN MY OPINION. OVERALL, RAZOR IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION IN MY OPINION.
MATERIALS: BLADE APPEARS TO BE STEEL, HANDLE APPEARS TO BE BAKELITE OR SIMILAR TYPE OF EARLY PLASTIC.
AGE: NO DATE ON RAZOR. COMPANY HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS 1904 TO PRESENT. THIS STRAIT RAZOR LOOKS TO BE FROM THE LATE 1930s - 1940s, possibly later. More background on the company (from History of of Ontario Co, NY and Its People, Pub. 1911, Vol. II, pg. 426 - 427 ): David H. HENRY, president of the Geneva Cutlery Company, was born in Bennington, Vermont, 1848. Plant was built in 1901 with capital of $60,000. Plant had about 150 on payroll at that time. Manufactured standard safety razors, turning out about fifteen hundred dozen per week, and were the largest manufacturer of this kind in the United States. They... read more