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A "Royal George" Razor, 3 Link Chain & Hygienic Encore.


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Hello, I was doing some research on one Sheffield concern when I came on a great image of the blade of a razor made by another very well-known Sheffield cutler. I did not know them as razor makers, but I thought the image would be of interest to members of the Forum who perhaps did. Sorry it had to be a composite image.

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The mainly "eating" cutlery mark reference sites that I know, do not show this possible trademark. This "The Royal George" razor is carrying what I assume is King George V's head and the tang carries the acknowledgement of "Cutlers to His Majesty". That would be interesting as the King is bearded? I suppose it could have been relating to King George as a Prince, and "His Majesty" could have been George's dad (also bearded), Edward VII, before he died in 1910. This could be potential dating for the razor.  
On the razor tang we see the name of the maker "Thomas Turner" and above the writing, but not quite so clear, is a pictorial trademark that is known to be associated with Thomas Turner. It looks like a wavy line with maybe 3 chain like links above.  Better examples are below. 

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Does anyone know what the mark represents? The "Encore" mark is seen on large quantities of Thomas Turner cutlery both before and after 1900. Not all though, as shown by the marks on 2 spoons.

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They seem to have a version of the wavy line and chain mark on. This seems an early mark like "Encore" (granted in 1805) was. It is repeatedly show on an 1867 advert for “Thomas Turner & Co of Suffolk Works Sheffield”. That ad also gave a "London House" at 19 Ely Place, Holborn. 
I found an 1922 London Showroom, address at Bath House, 57 Holborn Viaduct, E.C.1. This was on an invoice offered for sale on Ebay. It looks genuine and I have a composite of the address "bits".  

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Not forgetting "Hygienic", as this was technically another "Thomas Turner" trademark, but a later (circa 1915) one, used after "T.T" had been taken over by the Hobson Brothers and the 2nd London address was also in that period.
Kalfred   
Hawley's name on a knife blade web site has a great deal more information on the history of the Thomas Turner concern. 
 

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The trademark was three diamonds and a peppercorn with the word "Encore" underneath, as you say, granted in 1805 by the Cutlers Company.  Thomas Turner & Company were given the Royal Warrant for their services to the nation during the South African War.  The Hobsons (Albert and Wilfred) took over the company in July 1893.

The "Hygienic" and "Austral" brands belonged to Wingfield, Rowbotham & Co. established in 1751, incorporated into Thomas Turner & Co by the Hobsons , along with Joseph Haywood & Co (pen and pocket knives). 

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Thank you "Edmund" for that clarification about the "full trademark". It must have been mix and match according to product and "space". If that mark had previously belonged to another concern, do we know from the mists of time, what the significance of the 3 diamonds and a peppercorn was?
Kalfred   

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Fantastic info. Thank you. I now know and anyone else who is looking will have the opportunity to know.

Kalfred 

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