Doc226 would be my suggestion , he's a great craftsman
Yes I'm pretty certain. One stamp says "OLF" which I'm fairly certain should read "WOLF" which would trace it to an English maker, but you're right to think the "acier fondu" would make it french. Maybe the blade was cast in France and ground in England, I really have no idea. Very hard to trace the origins. I had a thread on it years ago here.Nice price! You sure that Sheffield and not French?
That may be the oldest one I’ve seen yet! I love the rosettes, you never see them. Obviously this would have been a very expensive luxury tool back in those times. Who knows the luck this little razor must have had to survive 250 years plus??!??!
Wait, if yours is 1824, any idea how old mine would be? the blade is a heavy smiling 6/8 near wedge but the engraving looks exactly like yours except mine says "best damascus steel". "made for the army" version I guess...
From what I can tell you have a Thomas Scargill razor, did some research and from the look of your stub tail it could date anywhere from early 1800 to mid 1800. My Elliot dosent have a stub tail but it is quite thick which was common for the early Elliot design, plus the markings (double c's surrounding the maltese cross also helps with the dating. If you look up in a google search thomas scargill you will get some history and info.I found my new oldest straight razor in the wold yesterday, not sure how old it is, but I'm confident that it's the oldest! *edit* MY oldest. it's nowhere as old as some of these gentlemen's razors!
Thanks! I did find a bit more information about Thomas Scargill, which is to say much less than most other razor searches