Cut-throat steel razor, owned by Lord Nelson, England, 1780-1805

Made:
1780-1805 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Steel cutthroat razor with horn handle purportedly belonging to Lord Nelson, English, 1780-1805. Decorated with charging and hunting scenes. 'EVENING' 'MORNING'.

This razor belonged to Lord Horatio Nelson (1758–1805), one of the most popular British heroes of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Razors of this type are known as cut-throat razors and require considerable skill by the user. The razor can be stored in the horn case and is hinged at the end. The carvings on the handle show scenes from a day’s hunting and has the carving ‘Charging, Morning, Shooting, Evening, Wilson.’

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Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A650921
Materials:
blade, steel, handle, horn
type:
razor
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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