Durham Duplex razor handle (a) has a cream coloured celluloid sheath that hinges onto a thinner rectangular silver steel handle with vertical grip lines on each side; handle widens into a larger rectangular head with two small rectangular holes; the bottom tip of the handle flares out and then tape…
Durham Duplex razor handle (a) has a cream coloured celluloid sheath that hinges onto a thinner rectangular silver steel handle with vertical grip lines on each side; handle widens into a larger rectangular head with two small rectangular holes; the bottom tip of the handle flares out and then tapers to a point; silver steel blade guard (b) has fifteen teeth on either side and attaches to handle via two clips that fit inside the rectangular holes on (a) and is held in place by a thin piece which fits into a small groove on (a); silver steel razor blade (c) fits in between the handle and the blade guard and is rectangular in shape with rounded edges and an oblong cut out in the centre which fits over the clips on (b); replacement blades (d-e) are identical to (c) and come inside a small red paper box (f) with a cream coloured border and gold and green lettering; the company logo is printed on top and consists of two lions each holding a flag on either side of a shield with three banners below them containing the company motto; all items fit into a cream coloured celluloid box with a top (g) and a bottom (h) section which fit together.
Number Of Parts
a - handle - Size: Length 21.5 cm x Width 1.7 cm x Depth 1.1 cm
b - blade guard - Size: Length 6.5 cm x Width 2.5 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
c-e - blade - Size: Length 5.8 cm x Width 2.0 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
f - paper box - Size: Length 7.0 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
g - box top - Size: Length 14.3 cm x Width 3.2 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
h - box bottom - Size: Length 14.0 cm x Width 2.9 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
(a) Stamped into handle on top side: "PAT. U.S.A. MAY 28.07. // AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES"; stamped into handle on bottom side: "MADE IN CANADA"; (b) stamped into centre of blade guard: "DURHAM [company logo] DUPLEX"; (c-e) engraved onto underside of all blades: "DURHAM DUPLEX RAZOR CO. LTD. TORONTO // DURHAM DUPLEX // MADE IN CANADA"; (f) printed on the front: "DURHAM [company logo] DUPLEX"; (f) printed on the banners below the lions: "CHACUN SON PROPRE BARBIER"; printed on either side of (f): "FIVE BLADES"; printed on the back: "DURHAM DUPLEX RAZOR CO. LTD. // JERSEY CITY SHEFFIELD PARIS TORONTO // MADE IN CANADA // PRINTED IN U.S.A."; (g) embossed in the centre: "DURHAM [company logo] DUPLEX"
Storage Room 0010
Scratches present on the celluloid handle of (a); small chips out of the edges of (d) and (e); (f) shows significant signs of wear and tear and the box itself has collapsed; all objects exhibit signs of use
"Durham Duplex" website
The Durham Duplex Razor Company Ltd. was registered in the UK on May 11, 1910 as a subsidiary of the US razor blade manufacturer Durham Razor Company Inc. founded in the late 1800's; it was the US company who developed the Durham Duplex safety razor system