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Object ID 001994

Object Name Valet Auto Strop Razor set

Object Desc Cardboard box with flap lid, 3 paper wrapped razor blades with red box and a gold-colored razor with blade inserted. Box is yellow and red. Piece is missing the strap for sharpening

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002072a-f

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care

Source Tim Kroening

Source Category Donation

Accession Date APR 16,2014

Credit/Acknowledgement Tim Kroening

Location Barber Shop Exhibit

Object Date 1940s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords shaving,Valet AutoStrop Razor,razor blades,safety razors,Gillette,

Title Valet Auto Strop Razor set

Description A Valet Auto Strop Single Edge razor set. A: Razor is gold plated, with a single sided razor blade inserted. It is a safety razor with a textured handle and "Valet" written at front end. Lever at front end of razor to release blade. B: Cardboard box with hinged lid. Box is red and yellow. On top side at upper left is image of two hands with the sharpening strap sharpening the razor blade. Below is text "The Razor that / Sharpens Itself!." At right is text "New! / Valet / Auto Strop / Razor". On bottom of box is text with patent information. Inside the box at the lower part are cut out pieces on cardboard insert which is glued to the sides. The cut outs are for the individual set pieces. At interor of lid is text about product. C: Small rectangular box, red and white to hold the individual blades. Has text on front "Valet / Auto Strop / Blades" Mfg info on back side. D-F: Yellow paper wrapped metal blades, 2 unopened Missing strap and 1 metal blade.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 0

Width 5.5

Depth 3.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions above are for the box (B) A: 1" H x 3 1/2" L x 1 3/4" D C: 1/4" H x 1 3/4" W x 1" D D-F: 5/8" H x 1 5/8" W

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Gillette Company

Maker Details

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2072a-f



Date APR 17,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Missing sharpening strap and 1 razor blade. A: Razor is in very good condition. On head of razor there are surface scratches and dust accretions underneath razor blade. On front there is a scratch by "L" in Valet. Some minor tarnishing underneath blade. On lower edge of head of razor on backside there is white/pink staining/accretions. B: Box is pushed in at lower right side. Edges are very worn and tears in all corners of lid. On front of box is writing in pencil at top edge. Paper hinge is torn at left edge about 2". Creases throughout. Surface scratches and staining from dirt. C: Box is in very good condition. At left side on back the box has been opened and there is denting on the cardboard. D-F: D has fading of the red ink on front side. F is open on the back.