Barber surgeon's case, France, 1715-1830

Made:
1715-1830 in France and France and
maker:
Unknown

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Wooden barber surgeon's case, large rectangular box with a hinged lid, contains twenty shaving accessories, French, 1715-1830

This bowl was used to collect the blood from shaving cuts. In the 19th century most men visited the barber or shaved periodically at home. Better off customers would have their own personal sets of razors, one for each day of the week. Advances in razor technology in the 20th century, including the introduction of the electric razor, changed shaving habits. Today, the majority of men shave daily in thier homes, using a wide variety of equipment.

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Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A79527
Materials:
lining, braid, lining, silk, oak
type:
shaving kit
credit:
Moritet, L.

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