Finding Vintage razors in London?

#2
Hi all,

Was wondering if anyone knew of any decent markets to visit in looking for vintage equipment?

So far I plan on visiting old spittalfields on Thursday but was wondering if anyone knew of any other markets/stores in London.

Cheers
Sef
I've tried:

Spitalfields
Bermondsey
Crystal Palace (Haynes Lane & Church Road)
Bromley Antiques

Unfortunately nothing except a few Techs and travel sets

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#3
You could try the Portabello road i suppose, last time i was there all sorts of vintage stuff was being flogged, though i must admit i wasn't looking for any shaving gear. That said i expect you'd pay a premium being a slightly trendy area, probably better off using ebay.
 
#4
EBay EBay..Most Antique Shops in the UK & London Wont Touch Razors or Sell Em on the High Street..And..There are No Restrictions or Health & Safety Rules on Dealing with them as Some Tell Ya..As..I Asked an Antique Dealer in Glasgow..The Blood Borne Virus Scares in the 80s Scared a Lot of Folks Off Dealing in them Due to Misunderstandings of Blood Borne Viruses..o_O

A Lot of the Dealers on EBay are Antique Dealers Of Course..Also..Its a Very Small Market..;)

Billy
 
#5
Depending on your time, places you live/visit/work/wonder around etc.. it always worth a visit to antique and collector shops, antique and flea markets, carboot sales, charity shops. Other source can be House clearance companies(usually a self employed van driver and his mate helping him)
I did come across to shaving stuff(straight, DE and SE razors, hones, strops, shaving bowls etc..)
No harm at asking, especially if you ask nicely saying like: I collect old barber tools and shaving memorabilia... Sometimes you may get the odd looks but who cares? and as @Fergiebilly mentioned E-bay can be good but I very occasionally get lucky, usually getting outbid by 10p only seconds before the auction finishes.
Good Luck with your search and findings
 
#11
Keep it and use it. It's what it was made for. if you sell it you may regret it.
Oh, and it is cracking looking. Good score
I figured I could get a normal slim adjustable or black beauty with whatever I could get for this. I don't mind the way it looks too much am more interested in the functionality. Possibly open to trades, the owner said it was an unwanted gift and hasn't been used and I don't know if I am the right person for it then.

Just out of interest, how long would a razor like this last?
 
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