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This is a J.R. Torrey razor that was made in Worcester, Mass. sometime during the 1800's. The steels surface apprarance is consistant with manufacturing grinding methods of the era. Also present is the barber notch at the end of the blade that is also consistant of the era. Here is a little interesting history about the Torrey Razor Company.
The J.R. Torrey Co, Worcester, Massachusetts existed 1858 - 1963.
The Joseph R.Torrey Razor Company was founded in 1858 to make razor strops, and to sell straight razors. In 1880, they started manufacturing razors. The razors they had dealt in prior to this were inported from Sweden and England. J.R. Torrey Razor was one of its most prominent firms and the Torrey family was one of the wealthiest in Worcester. They were the first to own an automobile and one of the first to have a telephone, though they soon removed it because the only other person in town with a phone was the butcher. After the war, however, America’s love affair with straight razors began to wane as many people switched to safety razors. Joseph Torrey, the second generation of Torrey’s to lead the firm, couldn’t transform the company to make cheap disposable blades. He was also too preoccupied with flying—he held the fifth private flying license ever issued in the U.S.—speculating in the stock market and other escapades to manage the company. It was a real rags to riches to rags story, said Matthew Erskine, an estate attorney in Worcester. Joe Torrey erroneously thought straight razors would continue to do well, Erskine said, even though other companies were phasing them out and manufacturing other cutting instruments. Joe was the CEO and controlled the stock, and he genuinely thought straight razors weren’t going to go away. By the time he died in the early 1960s, his sister, Marion, had to rent out rooms in her house to students to make ends meet.
Torrey razors are well known for their high quality and great shaving ability. This particular razor based on very little hone wear shows very little previous usage. It is in perfect defect free condition. It has a 5/8 wide blade that is made of carbon steel with a hollow grind.The scales are brand new replacement black celluloid scales. Recently honed to provide a smooth, close and comfortable shave, this razor comes guaranteed shave ready.