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

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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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