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    Default A seldom seen early Wm. Stenton

    A Wm. Stenton 11/16 near wedge with a fancy arris spine and upper and lower jimps. The glaze finished blade faces and crocus finished spine and tang contrast nicely. The GR sovereign stamp dates the razor 1820 to 1830. Tweedale's Directory has him working for Naylor & Sanderson from 1820 to 1829. The broken original black horn scales were copied in honey horn thinned to .110 thickness along with a lead wedge and brass pins and collars. The in work picture is off the 400 grit belt and the bevel set on a 1K.
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    Very nice redo. Looks great!
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    Fantastic razor and restoration.

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    I do love that Square spine, they are unique.
    You did a blinding job on that. Well done.
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    Beautiful work. You restored a similar Wm. Stenton for me several years ago and it remains one of my favorites. Scales compliment the big blade nicely.
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    Amazing restore. That blade looks as if it just came new from the manufacturer.
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    Great restore. GR stamped razors are not that common. Definitely one for the collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajkenne View Post
    Beautiful work. You restored a similar Wm. Stenton for me several years ago and it remains one of my favorites. Scales compliment the big blade nicely.
    I had to look that one up. Yours was a Wm. Stenton & Son. A bigger blade too. Late 1830's when & Son was added. The only history I have on him is in Tweedale's Directory. Lists him with Naylor & Sanderson in the 1920's until the company was reorganized in 1929. He was then briefly partnered with George Wostenholm & Sons until 1931. I'm not sure when he started making razors under his name. Maybe a brief period before he went to work for Naylor & Sanderson. If Voidmonster is lurking out there maybe he knows more about Stenton's early history. When working for Naylor & Sanderson he was known as 'Devil Stenton'. A quote from Tweedale's. It was said that the imprecations uttered against him by the cutlers were loud, bitter and deep from the manner in which they were treated by him. Guess he was not the nicest of sorts.

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    Impeccable work as always, Karl-That's a real beauty, with quite a beefy spine!
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