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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    TBH, I think that is long-grained hickory?
    Thanks, could very well be hickory. Certainly a strong wood great for tool handles and prominent all along the east coast. Hot this from a guy in PA but not sure it originates there. Who knows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voidmonster View Post
    Definitely early-to-mid 1820's. It's amusing to see the Marsh brothers were in on the Old English thing too. Sheffield trades talked like it was John Barber's mark, but I think in reality it was a generic and Barber was just the one to popularize it. The first ad I've found for that slogan is this one:

    The slogan goes back before Barber or the Marsh's careers. The first ad I found is from 1818 and is promoting Rodgers' Old English razors. The first John Barber ad is from 1821. More than anything, it was a style of razor with a tall, squared spine, a very particular heel and typically a long-cut shoulder. I'm a sucker for'em, myself.
    I have another similar shaped "Marsh Bros, Sheffield" razor that has "...shave well" remnants as well. Agree most of these were promotions used apparently by many of the larger cutlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajkenne View Post
    Thanks, could very well be hickory. Certainly a strong wood great for tool handles and prominent all along the east coast. Hot this from a guy in PA but not sure it originates there. Who knows...
    Would not be the first razor from up in Pennsylvania with those!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    Would not be the first razor from up in Pennsylvania with those!
    Be careful - Philadelphia was also a region just outside of Sheffield.
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    Yes, I know that!
    Seriously it's a Greaves Philadelphia razor I bought out of Pennsylvania, a real rust-bucket.
    Tossed the iron nails, sanded and minwaxed the scales and pinned it back up with some old steel collars.
    A friend from Philly wanted it, so back to Pennsylvania it went!

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