I will not kill all the work on this but be aware that the 'Ward Bros.' in this post is not the same Ward Bros that made the razor. The correct Ward Bros is in post #11. This research is long overdue. I was given this straight razor by johnmrson in exchange of doing the research. I apologise to John as I did not do it quickly(well, not as quickly as I wanted to). Its been almost a year now that Im in possession of the razor and I used it quite a bit. The research was not easy as you can think, Ward is a common name and its short. John gave me the razor as he already has a large collection (see his interview) but he thought there might be something behind it worth looking at. I tried to get that little piece of history together. First, the straight razor is stamped Made Expressly for Ward Bros. Melbourne. Its another Bengall (Cadman & sons) made razor. You will notice immediately that the heel is very different to any other razors that Ive seen before. Let me say it right now, its a pain to hone, I might need to regrind that heel too and soon... I only saw two other razors elsewhere and the heel wasnt the same. It was a Ward Bros, another Cadman & Sons and one just stamped Sheffield. I have no idea if the one I have is a special edition but Ive never seen an heel like that on any other razor (Bengall or not). Theres a Ward Bros. Company existing today in Darwin but I really doubt its the same company as I did not find much information about it (8 McMinn St, Darwin, NT 0800 - (08) 8981 4964). They seem to be in the air conditioning industry. The other Ward Bros. that I found in Victoria is specialised in earthmoving, again, I doubt its them. Im fairly sure the company doesnt exists anymore. However, the Ward Bros. that I would like to talk about was founded around 1855 or 1876 (I'm thinking more 1855 since they have a picture of a straight razor) and probably traded until a bit after 1956 (last seen newspaper advertisement). The Ward Bros. Plty Ltd was created by George Ward and Samuel Ward (Ward Brothers) first in 40 Errol Street, North Melbourne and then in Prahan (both in Victoria, Australia). The Ward Bros were running a department store and they imported sewing machines from England and Wertheim under the name: Australian Sewing Machines Limited Pty Ltd. They would build their own cabinets and place their logos on it to sell them. The first newspaper advertisement was seen in 1897. Later on, David Ward (brother of George and Samuel) join the team and started importing the sewing machines from Germany (made by Beisolt & Locke). Those sewing machines were known as ANA (All Native Australian), later on, WARDANA. David shops was located in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. The sewing machines usually had the logo of the shop with either George and Samuel picture with the Australian map or all three brothers. The A.N.A. machine got very popular in 1911 when the brothers decided to present it at the Melbourne exhibition. The reviews were so good that George and Samuel decided to use the name for their machines also. The result was David taking George and Samuel to court. The whole issue lasted for years and was settled outside the court. In the newspaper, we could follow the dispute between the brothers After the settlement, David stopped trading and George and Samuel started using the A.N.A. brand and also created the WARDANA brand. They also had a good deal with the city of Bendingo, Victoria, Australia as they were offering rebates. The interesting bit is the 18 Sturt Street, Ballarat which is similar to Thomas Jewelers (15-21 Sturt Street, Ballarat). Im wondering if they were renting a stall or shop inside Thomas Supply Store building. It is unknown when exactly or why the company stopped trading and who was running it as I really doubt it was the original Ward Bros. I could only find sales from individuals in the early 1950s. Nothing else on the company which had a few stores in Victoria. I was unable to find any funerals, family notices or anything pointing me to when they died (any of the 3). It makes me wonder if they died in Australia. There are a few matching names in the 1940s and 1950s but Im not sure enough to say, it was them. Theres also no mention of bankruptcy in the newspaper... So, after all this, how old is the razor? I did not find any catalogs online, unfortunately, I cannot really say when mine was made or sold. From the newspaper ads, I would place it in the range of 1855 to maybe 1955 (opening and closure of the shops, Cadman & Sons was in business for longer than that) as they advertised the electric razor in 1938 but were probably still selling straight razors. What I got is not a wedge or near wedge so I would say its in 1900s. Further, Ward Bros advertised the model Federal quite a bit at the early 1900s, and I think that it would be a fair assumption to place the razor I have after that. so probably around 1920-1955.