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Object ID 003782

Object Name Valet Safety Razor

Object Desc Brass safety razor stamped with Valet brand name

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003514

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 1937

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords shaving,razor,safety razor,Gilette,Auto-Strop,Valet,

Title Valet Safety Razor

Description Brass safety razor with safety bar. Blade cover is stamped with "Valet". Underside of blade cover is stamped with four patent numbers. Latest patent number dates to 1937. Two small visible gears on side turn when lifting blade cover.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 3.5

Width 1.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Length from end of handle to front of blade cover, width across blade cover, height of tallest point

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Gillette

Maker Details Valet brand was associated with both Auto-Strop and Gillette brands. Auto-Strop produced Valet pre-1930. Since the latest patent on this is 1937, this was likely by Gillette, although there is no identifying mark. The Gillette name derives from King C Gillette an inventor who started the American Safety Razor Company and then in 1903 changed the name to Gillette Safety Razor Company upon which they started advertising and producing of their first Gillette brand of razors. King Gillette had a vision to produce disposable razors rather than having to constantly sharpen non disposable straight razors of that era. In 1904 Gillette received the first patent for the safety razor, which allowed them to increase sales dramatically. The following year Gillette expanded their sales abroad and by 1909 the Gillette name was known throughout Europe and included plants in France, Germany and England.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3514



Date OCT 17,2015

Summary Good

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Some rust and stains on most parts of the razor. Blade cover still moves freely. Handle unscrews easily. Some tarnish and evidence of wear but in working condition.