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Object ID 003511

Object Name Durham Duplex Safety Razor

Object Desc White Bakelite case containing white handled Durham Duplex safety razor and two extra blades. Contains original paper insert.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003495a-h

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 3, Shelf 3

Object Date

Start Year Range 1907

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords razors,shaving,Durham Duplex,safety razors,

Title Durham Duplex Safety Razor

Description White two piece bakelite box (a-b). Top has crest and logo for Durham Duplex razors and a slot to hold paper inserts (d-e), which explain how to use razor and which sharpener to use. Razor (c) has a white bakelite handle and metal blade with trademark comb-like appearance. Logo engraved on metal blade, Made in U.S.A. Pat U.S.A. May 28, 07 and Foreign countries. Waxed paper (h) holds extra blades (f-g) which also have company name and patent date.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.5

Length 5.75

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details measurements of closed box

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Durham Duplex

Maker Details Durham Razor Company Inc was founded in New York and set up manufacturing in Mystic New Jersey to make the revolutionary Durham-Duplex safety razor system. Durham-Duplex has come a long way from its beginnings as a shaving company in Mystic, New Jersey to become a international manufacturer of Machine knives and Industrial blades operating from 3 factories and across 50 countries.

Maker Mark Durham Duplex written inside letters D


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Image Caption CMY3495a-h



Date AUG 6,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Bakelite is yellowed. Box is stained. Inside of handle is stained. Papers are heavily creased, some tears and discoloration. Only has 2 extra blades. Extra blades show signs of wear. Razor does appear to have been used.