I was lucky to pickup a 1949 Aristocrat #16 on the BST and it showed up today. I would like to thank CanuckShaver for letting go of such a beautiful razor. It will be one of my cherished razors in my collection and rotation. Used it today for a wonderful shave.
Finally got the chance to sit down today and clean up a 1908 (A400433) Gillette Single Ring Signature that arrived on Wednesday. What a find! Bought it on eBay about a month ago and couldnt believe my eyes when I saw it for sale with another open comb without a hint of description as a Signature. After the auction ended, I had a chance to communicate with the seller (a very nice gentleman) who told me that hed been collecting for many years, but had never heard of the Signature Single Ring. In fact, he said hed toyed with throwing these away. So glad he didnt! A terrific surprise for both of us.
For clean up, I started with a mild toothbrush/Dawn scrub, then a polish with a smallish amount of Flitz, followed by another mild brushing. Given the rarity of these razors, Im not eager to do much more except enjoy it.
As I said above, the serial number on the inner barrel is A400433. The King Gillette signature is on the underside of the base plate (handle side) and the cap is without any adornments at all. Patent data is on the lower handle band and states, PAT.NOV.15.04.