Made in France by Le Grelot probably in the late 1930s-1950s.
The tang is stamped 'Le Grelot, P. Hospital & Cie, Thiers(France)'. With the reverse of the tang featuring 'No361 6/8'. The blade at some point has featured an acid was with the text 'The Lord Barber, Réputation Mondiale, Acier De Qualite' which translates as 'World Renowned' and 'Quality Steel'. This etching can still be seen under a good light.
The original scales feature a silver inlay of the Grelot emblem. The scales are slightly warped.
The Le Grelot comes with its original cardboard box which has fared reasonably over the years, the text is rather faded. The razor has very little use over the years, it's in very good condition. The razor has been stropped, it is 100% shave ready.
This fine razor was part of a large collection, the owner can no longer use a cut throat razor due to a medical condition. He reckons he used the razor once or twice then lightly oiled it and put it into storage.
Le Grelot razors are highly regarded and in much demand due to their rarity.
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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!
13/16ths wide blade, probably silver steel, good quality black celluloid scales with Grelot logo inlay.
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