I´ve found this Old Type. I´ve never seen a Old Type with Gillette on the handle. About the SN he must from 1920, but I believe with the logo inside the head he must be older. Has somebody an idea?
Here you go again, turning up razors we've not seen before. I have never seen the Gillette on the handle either.
That date code KCC? That is a new one on me as well. Do you know where that one was produced?
That is an early Diamond pattern as it has the arrow through.......
Maybe the SN is K00, but I´m very confused about this razor. There are no other informations on the razor. He comes in this case:
It could be K00 but it would be an odd wear pattern if it were.
It's to early for a British set. The markings on the bottom of the case are also unlike any that I have seen. The snap case is indicative of the later versions but those generally came with the bold "Gillette" on the inner cover.
Not too early at all. The British factory was opened around 1907 I think and the Diamond logo didn't come out until 1908. I have seen writing on the bottom of the case like this. It is standard for early British sets. You can't read it very well on this case but the top line says: "The owner of Patent 28763 of 1902...". That is the British Pat. number and the British Pat. year.
Buttons were used on cases since 1906 after the latch cases went out of style. I have never notices the bold "Gillette". I will keep my eye out for that.
The American Safety Razor company was re-named Gillette in 1902.
The first overseas manufacturing operation was established in Paris in 1905
The London "Gillette" Sales office was also opened in 1905.
The Diamond trademark is was adopted to facilitate imprinting directly on products in 1908
The Leicester, England plant was not established until 1909.
This above information is from a Chronology written by the Gillette Company that covers 1895 Thur 1993. This report was handed directly to me by the former Gillette Plant Manager (So. Boston) from 1956 to 1996.
I was also given the Annual Reports from 1956 Thru 1996
The pictures you are showing are from Achims site.....
The script Gillette is what I was refering to as Bold...
Something is very wrong with someones info. My info comes directly from Gillette so how could there be razors manufactured and date coded before there was a plant to make them.
Could it be we have been assuming the info we have all know is incorrect?
Could it be that Gillette does not know their own history?