A rare "meat chopper" blade straight razor made by C.T. Bingham, Sheffield, England, for the American market and likely prior to the Civil War. The wonderful etched eagle with "E Pluribus Unum" is quite similar to that seen on American military swords from as early as the War of 1812. This example has a handle of horn also embellished with the same American eagle device as the blade. Perhaps once used by a military officer, or even given as a reward for service. The blade remains in excellent condition, though obviously sharpened a few times, and I can see no damage or defects to the handle which is made of translucent horn. This piece is the most important early razor I have seen.

$ 550.