Gillette aristocrat dating
If you have the key to another manufacturer's codes, please share this information with other collectors. No razors got date codes or date serial numbers until 1950 except only De Luxe model razors which still got serial numbers this year only.
Date code legend: A 1/2/3/4 First year of the rhodium-plated "Gillette Executive", Gillette's only USA-made fully rhodium-plated razor.
During certain periods some or all models were unmarked. The Old Type continues as "Brownie" and various other sets, but without serial numbers. In 1930 Gillette stopped using serial numbers on razors.
So razors made from 1930-49 can be difficult to date precisely.
This is not 100% accurate, since the blades may not be original or may have been made before or after the razor. The single-letter date codes are accompanied by a number, which corresponds to the quarter of the year. Date codes on blades (see above) also continued through this period.
Gold plated Big Fellow intro'd as NEW Big Boy Deluxe.
Razor Serial Numbers were impressed on all Gillette razors from 1904 until 1921, and on deluxe models from 1921 until 1931 (except for a period in 1927-28).
These codes are found on the underside of the guard mechanism, or in cartridge razors, near the attachment mechanism for the blade.
Gillette Blade Date Codes (and earlier lot systems) were imprinted on one side of the blade as a series of letters and/ or numbers, or on the cartridge.
This corresponds to the time King Gillette was directly associated with the business, and may have been at his insistence.
These serial numbers were on the top of the guard, or sometimes the inner barrel.
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Technically it has 9 settings if you count the half-number marks in addition to the actual 1-5 numbered marks.