Badger and blade gillette dating
There were no razor serial numbers from 1931 until 1951.
Razor Date Codes began in 1951 and used the same system blades had used since 1931, a code that identified the year and calendar quarter of manufacture.
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.
Some razor makers put serial numbers on their razors, but we don't always have the key to how the serial numbers fit to dates of manufacture.
For decades, Gillette has been the leading brand for safety razors.
Some refer to these as prototypes but prototypes wouldn't be sold at retail with warranty cards and price inserts as these were. First year of the gold-plated "Gillette Executive" adjustable, aka "gold Fat Boy".
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Date codes weren't used at this time so dating is from old magazine advertisements and included-blades date codes.
Also, the 1949 Executive came with a cream-colored 10-blade "Blue Blades" dispenser and two 20-blade dispensers each sealed in foil with black text printed on each whereas the 1950 Executive - same razor - came with a blue-colored 10-blade "Blue Blade" dispenser and two 20-blade dispensers sealed in foil with a picture of the blue dispenser printed on each.