A Close Shave


Steel Straight Razor in Faux-Ivory Celluloid Handle by Robert Vom Cleff, New York (LEO Design)


Robert Vom Cleff immigrated to New York City from Germany in 1867.  In 1873, he founded a business at 105 Duane Street, importing German scissors, knives, surgical instruments and razors, like the one shown above.  When he died in 1907, the business was run by his widow and son until they sold it in 1926.

This steel straight razor blade, imported from Germany, was fitted with a celluloid handle—manufactured and "carved" to appear like ivory.  It is accompanied by its original box from the turn-of-the-century.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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