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

Thank you so much Black-Tie for those kind words [emoji120][emoji120][emoji120]

I built the thread to give back to all you gentlemen in this kind community. I have had incredible help and support along the way also from much more knowledgable members who have gone out of their way to share their deep insights on these fabulous razors.

I am very curious to know which Aristocrat you have, and a picture would be much welcomed :D

It’s a #66 set. The razor is beautiful, in mint condition, unfortunately the case isn’t.
I looked on the regular bays, unfortunately I couldn’t find a replacement.

I hope one day I’ll be able to pair it with a case as beautiful as the razor.

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How can one tell if a 4th generation is nickel or rhodium plated? I've recently aquired one in ''almost'' prestine used condition and I think it's nickel plated, but I can't say for sure. I've heard that the nickel plated ones have the Brit.Pat. 694093, while the rhodium plated ones have Nos.Pat. 694093.
 

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How can one tell if a 4th generation is nickel or rhodium plated? I've recently aquired one in ''almost'' prestine used condition and I think it's nickel plated, but I can't say for sure. I've heard that the nickel plated ones have the Brit.Pat. 694093, while the rhodium plated ones have Nos.Pat. 694093.
Hit the doors with a little polish; if it turns the rag black, it‘s nickel. If not, it’s rhodium. That said, the doors of the 4th Gen Crats were never Rhodium (only handles).
 
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Thanks all,

@Medivh: Nope, this is a 2nd gen Aristocrat dated 1948 according to mr-razor. Could be a #15 set as far as I can see the case beside it.


Here's a better photo. I think I regret buying this one, because according to the information that I have now, this model is using the US TTO mechanism, which isn't as good as the British one and also most people consider this razor to be not as smoot and harsh compared to the other models. I still have to shave with it before I make up my mind though.

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Finally found one...now I just need a box from this li'l imposter.

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Finally! - I was wondering when this would turn up here. Sincere congrats David - I suspect you will find that it shaves just like a ”true” 4th gen Aristocrat. Supercool that you got that name tag too.

O.k. Now we need to wait for that 3rd specimen to appear to increase the membership of AOSOC (Aida Open Style Owners Club) :punk:
 
Gentlemen, thank you so much for appreciating this - warms my heart!

I am smitten with this Gillette model line as it represents such an amazing level of craftsmanship and design. Imagine the care and workman’s pride which back then went into producing something as menial as a razor.
Thanks for posting all the pics and details. It was a very pleasant Sunday morning read 🙂
 
Fantastic find! I assume it's a copycat of British Aristocrat Gen 4?
Indeed. I was keen on finding a British Gillette solid guard Aristocrat.
However, when Peter posted this "imposter" it was on my radar.
I found one at a Japanese auction NOS for a very reasonable price. For
some reason this razor does not appear to come with a case which is
unusual since most other Aida's from this area came equipped with a
blue vinyl case.
 
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