Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
Straight Razor - Antique  - "Irish Elegance"
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Straight Razor

I. & J. Barber "Irish Elegance"… Antique

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I. & J. Barber ~ Sheffield ~ England 1820 - 1859+

1850's Abraham Lincoln era Straight Razor - This blade is 3" by 6/8" and is shave ready.

Condition:
The metal is in very good shape with only minor flaws that can be seen in the photos provided.

The scales are in great shape. The blade moves smoothly and closes centred. 

Weight: 46g
Point: Dutch
Grind: Half Hollow
Blade Width: 6/8"
Blade Length: 3"

Markings:
"James Barber ERA Sheffield" on one side of the shank and nothing on the other side.
"Irish Elegance" on the blade.

This dutch point (round point) razor is proclaimed as a "safer" shape. Good for beginners as it reduces the chances of nicking yourself with the end.

History: 

I. & J. Barber ~ England 1820 - 1859+

This company was founded by Mr. Isaac Barber in the 1820s.
In 1845 Isaac & James Barber were documented as Knife & Razor makers. Isaac passed away in 1854 and James later died at the age of 40 in 1859. The trademark 'ERA' featured prominently over James Barbers name in the 1850s which dates this straight razor as a 1850's piece.

This straight razor may have been restored around WWI 1914-1918 to supply to troops, The "Irish Elegance" engraving may have been a customisation done at that point for a particular ranking officer or as tribute to the famous racehorse Horse of that name 1918-1919. Equally it could have simply been re-gifted at sometime to an Irish Gentleman.

The firm carried on under the ownership of Harriet Barber (widow of James Barber) until the 1870s, then under Mary Ann Barber until her death in 1897. Then yet another James Barber joined as senior partner. In the 1900s they had the Era Works in Sheffield but in 1928 the trademark was taken over by Joseph Elliot.

 

History of Sheffield.

The largest market for Sheffield cutlers in the early nineteenth century was America. In 1812 6,000 people out of the working population of 18,000 were making cutlery for the American market, and it was reported a third of all manufactured goods were for export to America.

After 1840 demand increased and Sheffield dominated the market in the US. It was not until the start of the American Civil War in 1861 and the raising of American trade tariffs that Sheffield’s export trade began to decrease. American cutlers fully embraced mechanisation and mass production, which allowed them to produce cheaper goods. Competition from European cutlery centres, such as Solingen in Germany, also affected Sheffield’s trade.

Anatomy of a Straight Razor

straight razors parts

David O'Neill - Restored & Honed by:

Every Straight Razor passes through Davids hands. He strives to maintain the original integrity of the razor and as such will rarely "unpin" the scales unless absolutely necessary. The cleaning process starts by hand with sand paper ensuring a gentle process, working up to a buffing wheel. Once the blade is back in good shape David uses water stones to set the bevel and then hone.

Gradually working his way up to 12K Japanese Stones & 30K Shapton stones, David produces an exceptional edge that is truly "Shave Ready". Examined under a 60x lens the process is finished with a leather strop and a test shave. Only then are the razors deemed ready for sale. His experience and patience guarantee you a razor that has been lovingly restored and made ready for the next generation to enjoy. 

David is a retired artisan, collector and restorer from Nanaimo BC, Canada. His work is imported into Australia by The Wet Shaving Co.

All our Vintage & Antique Straight Razors have been very carefully selected for their condition and potential lifespan.

These straight razors have already had 100+ yrs of product testing, they work, they work exceptionally well and will continue to work well after we have passed. Buy them, use them, enjoy them.

"What other products do we still have and are able to use, that perform as well as they did the day they were made? Especially when they come from a time so distant. It's incredible to think where & with whom these beautiful pieces have travelled. Now is your chance to continue their journey."

Each Straight Razor will come in a pouch and we will include the contacts of local craftsmen who can provide sharpening, honing services. So if at any time in the future you would like to re-sharpen them it will be an easy process.
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