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Vintage 5/8 Joseph Rodgers "Martyr Bros" Razor

$124.51

Joseph Rodgers is one of the most highly thought of Sheffield makers. This is a small 5/8 in very good condition. Marked as the company's "No. 1 Star and Cross Razor", the other side is marked with the name of the retailer, hairdressers Martyr Bros. of Cornmarket, Oxford.

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Joseph Rodgers is one of the most highly thought of Sheffield makers. This is a small 5/8 in very good condition. Marked as the company's "No. 1 Star and Cross Razor", the other side is marked with the name of the retailer, hairdressers Martyr Bros. of Cornmarket, Oxford.

The bottom half of the Joseph Rodgers blade marking is partially worn away but the other side and the tang markings are all very good.

There is minimal hone wear. The blade has jimping to upper and lower tang.

There is a litle corrosion near the spine and point on the Martyr Bros side of the blade which may be seen in the photos. The scales are of composite, I suspect they are Bakelite.

Like many of Sheffield cutlery firms, the early history of Joseph Rodgers is a little unclear. It is claimed that a cutler called Joseph or John Rodgers operated out of a building in Hawley Croft close to location of Sheffield’s present day cathedral. In 1730 what are claimed to be his two sons Maurice and Joseph took over. The mark of The Star and Maltese Cross was originally registered in March 1682 by a Benjamin Rich. Nevertheless, this mark is associated with razors and knives made by Joseph Rodgers and they registered it in 1764.

The company started to produce razors in about 1800 and received their first royal warrant in 1821. This royal connection continued and warrants were held for William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. Joseph Rodgers' razors and knives were renowned for their excellent quality and people came from as far and as wide as America and China to marvel at superb examples of Rodger’s craftsmanship.

The razor has the words "Martyr Bros Cornmarket Street Oxford" on the reverse side of the blade. Martyr Bros were hairdressers who operated at 32 Cornmarket Street in Oxford between 1914 and 1932. The razor also bears reference to No. 6 Norfolk Street. As Joseph Rodgers & Co had sold their premises at No. 6 Norfolk Street Sheffield by 1929, we can date the razor as having been made between 1914 and 1929.

For information on the Martyr Bros shop see here.

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Size 5/8
Steel Type Carbon Steel
Scale Material Composite
Scale Colour Black
Grind Type Full Hollow
Point Round