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This corresponds to the time King Gillette was directly associated with the business, and may have been at his insistence.
These serial numbers were on the top of the guard, or sometimes the inner barrel.
Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time.
Razor Serial Numbers were impressed on all Gillette razors from 1904 until 1921, and on deluxe models from 1921 until 1931 (except for a period in 1927-28).
Your Profile Photo This is your chance to be in the spotlight!There were no razor serial numbers from 1931 until 1950.Razor Date Codes began in 1950 and used the same system blades had used since 1930, a code that identified the year and calendar quarter of manufacture.These codes are found on the underside of the guard mechanism, or in cartridge razors, near the attachment mechanism for the blade.Gillette Blade Date Codes (and earlier lot systems) were imprinted on one side of the blade as a series of letters and/ or numbers, or on the cartridge.Dating Gillette Razors and Blades: "How old is this razor? Sometimes patent dates are a help, but they give you the front end of the date scale, and not always too exactly.