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18 different British Gillette Aristocrat and Popular sets - a partial historic overview and my collector’s journey (pics galore)

Northstonehill

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Thanks again, fellas, very kind. I have a couple of projects ongoing which will add to this thread in a couple of months. Stay tuned... ;)
 

Northstonehill

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Thought I’d add into this thread also the Aristocrats and Populars added since my last last update - all shown before, variations on a beautiful theme but all individually different :001_tt1:

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen. All silver in bespoke all-silver case, made in Birmingham 1936 by company W.J. Myatt & Co
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1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, British version
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1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, French version (inbound) 4B88277B-4E81-4441-8477-92ACAFC15C44.jpeg

1938 #15 late set, rhodium, diamond case, German manual
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1939 Gillette Popular #45 set
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..and more to follow...
 

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Thought I’d add into this thread also the Aristocrats and Populars added since my last last update - all shown before, variations on a beautiful theme but all individually different :001_tt1:

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen. All silver in bespoke all-silver case, made in Birmingham 1936 by company W.J. Myatt & Co
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1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, British version
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1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, French version (inbound) View attachment 1137239

1938 #15 late set, rhodium, diamond case, German manual
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1939 Gillette Popular #45 set
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..and more to follow...
Peter, how do you like the shave of the Pre-15?
 

Northstonehill

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Thanks so much Mike, kind words indeed! I sometimes think it is dedication turned obsession...

Dan, I honestly don’t know :blush: It took me a good while to find the Pre-#15’s and they only arrived right before the summer break. So I haven’t had a chance yet, hope to catch up within the next week. Maybe I’ll actually do a side-by-side with a later rhodium one...
 
Thought I’d add into this thread also the Aristocrats and Populars added since my last last update - all shown before, variations on a beautiful theme but all individually different :001_tt1:

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen. All silver in bespoke all-silver case, made in Birmingham 1936 by company W.J. Myatt & Co
View attachment 1137233

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, British version
View attachment 1137234

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, French version (inbound) View attachment 1137239

1938 #15 late set, rhodium, diamond case, German manual
View attachment 1137236

1939 Gillette Popular #45 set
View attachment 1137235

..and more to follow...
Thanks for your most informative posts and the wonderful photos of your great Aristocrat collection. I know it was a lot of work, but a labor of love I'm sure. I own and use a single US Aristocrat, a 1936 model, which I bought online and which came in an original case in good condition. My Aristocrat is the favorite of my 11 razors. Love the combination of TTO and open comb.
 

Northstonehill

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Thanks for your most informative posts and the wonderful photos of your great Aristocrat collection. I know it was a lot of work, but a labor of love I'm sure. I own and use a single US Aristocrat, a 1936 model, which I bought online and which came in an original case in good condition. My Aristocrat is the favorite of my 11 razors. Love the combination of TTO and open comb.
Thanks a lot Jimmy, warmly appreciated! I too am smitten with these. The 1936 US one is actually one that I am still missing - but I hope to get it someday! Enjoy! Thanks again.
 
Thought I’d add into this thread also the Aristocrats and Populars added since my last last update - all shown before, variations on a beautiful theme but all individually different :001_tt1:

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen. All silver in bespoke all-silver case, made in Birmingham 1936 by company W.J. Myatt & Co
View attachment 1137233

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, British version
View attachment 1137234

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, French version (inbound) View attachment 1137239

1938 #15 late set, rhodium, diamond case, German manual
View attachment 1137236

1939 Gillette Popular #45 set
View attachment 1137235

..and more to follow...
Thought I’d add into this thread also the Aristocrats and Populars added since my last last update - all shown before, variations on a beautiful theme but all individually different :001_tt1:

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen. All silver in bespoke all-silver case, made in Birmingham 1936 by company W.J. Myatt & Co
View attachment 1137233

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, British version
View attachment 1137234

1936 Pre—#15 (non-winged) 1st gen, French version (inbound) View attachment 1137239

1938 #15 late set, rhodium, diamond case, German manual
View attachment 1137236

1939 Gillette Popular #45 set
View attachment 1137235

..and more to follow...
I just purchased my first British Aristocrat today. Thank you so much for all of the knowledge you have shared on these beautiful razors. I am so excited For it to arrive!
 
Thanks a bunch for the kind words, sir! Look forward to your shave review and pics :thumbup1:
Thanks. Seeing your pictures makes me wonder about something. It seems that most of the American Aristocrats that I have seen photos of are gold plated and the British photos that I have seen are predominantly plated in Rhodium. Is this the case in your experience? I wonder if it is just the difference between American and British taste during the period these fine razors were manufactured.
 
I'd say availability was more important than taste. South Africa is the largest supplier of rhodium and it was part of the British crown. Actually gold plated British Aristocrats had higher retail prices than rhodium ones. Sometimes even flare tip Superspeeds were rhodium plated.
 
I'd say availability was more important than taste. South Africa is the largest supplier of rhodium and it was part of the British crown. Actually gold plated British Aristocrats had higher retail prices than rhodium ones. Sometimes even flare tip Superspeeds were rhodium plated.
That is interesting. Rhodium is much rarer than gold and much more expensive today. I just checked and todays price for Rhodium is $14,550.00 per troy ounce. Of course back in the day they didn't have catalytic converters that needed Rhodium.
 
It also depends on how much one can produce/sell. A Brownie set was sold for 1 USD this would be 14 USD in 2020. And these were still gold or silver plated brass, in a metal case, with a plated blade box and a case.
 

Northstonehill

Contributor
Heck, since this thread was bumped I’ll take the opportunity to show the loot all together: Here goes all my Aristocrats and Populars - all the sets are different, either razor and/or case. It‘s been a hell of a ride, and I am just about done now...

1st generation British Aristocrats (and one fine Yank :thumbup1: )
Top row: 1934 US, #20, #19
2nd row from top: Pre#15 silver French, #15 Australian, #15 French
2nd row from bottom: Pre#15 silver, #15 (all font imprint), #15 (diamond logo imprint)
Bottom row: Pre#15 in bespoke 1936 all silver Myatt case, #3 French Traveler

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2nd - 4th generation British Aristocrats
Top row 4th gens: Deluxe/#66 gold, #66, #66 alu, #70
Middle row 3rd gens: French set, #15, #21 gold Argentinian, #16, #22
Bottom row 2nd gens: #15 purple cloth, #15 Australian, #15 dark blue leather

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Gillette Populars
Top row 1939 sets: #47, Black Handle (1940), #45, #46 (razor away for refurbishment)
Bottom row 1938 sets: #47, #45; #46

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