Made in France by Le Grelot probably in the 1940s-1950s with new scales.
This razor was restored by Dave Glynn in New Zealand in February 2017. Dave is well known as being the premier razor restorer, if Dave says it's shave ready - it's shave ready.
The tang is stamped 'Le Grelot' something I cannot make out and 'France'. The face has been engraved but unfortunately mostly worn off, it did read 'Le Roi Soleil' which translates to 'The Sun King'.
The Le Grelot comes with its original cardboard box which has fared well over the years.
According to Dave, this razor shaved beautifully before it was sterilised then lightly oiled.
Dave has done a great job on this razor, it is exceptionally clean, no flea bites, no pitting, no water marks.
From The Thiers-Issard website:
The Grelot round shape razor was created by HOSPITAL Company (Thiers) in the 1910s for easier handling. Indeed, the blade curve under the tang allows the thumb to be placed, which leads to a very close shave. When our old razors manufacturers discovered singing hollowed razors, they decided to call them "bell razors", hence the name "GRELOT". HOSPITAL company took over COGNET-ROCHETTE company in the 1910s. People working in this company were the main friends of THIERS-ISSARD company. Everyone had their own clientele and get along with each other. During the 1990s, Mr VERGNE -the manager's son-in-law of HOSPITAL company- took over the razors manufacture under the brand WELCOME. Ten years later, he sold his brand and models to THIERS-ISSARD.
With great care, this razor is...well razor sharp!
Possibly C135 steel, possibly silver steel.
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