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Razor - Straight, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 850081

Summary:
Straight razor used for shaving patients at the Lakeside Mental Hospital, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910. Made by R.I. Cadman & Sons Sheffield, England. Donated by Mrs D Richard of the Lakeside Mental Hospital, Ballarat.
Description:
Razor which has a knife-like blade which swivels into curved, dark-grey linoleum cover for protection. Blade is of tarnished steel, and has curved chip at one end. There is a thin handle which is decorated in same way on either side, with manufacturer's name and address engraved on one side, whilst the word `BENGAL' appears on the other. The thin curved handle pivots from one point of cover, then tapers right off to a very thin, curved end. The cover itself is made of very smooth, flexible polished material, and is a curved shape which is broader at one end, tapering towards the pivoting end, where nail holds the cover and the blade together.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs D. Richards - Lakeside Mental Hospital
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.30 cm (Width), 16.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, razors, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Bathing & hygiene within Victorian Mental Health Institutions
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: grooming & hygiene
Inscriptions: Text: R.I. CADMAN & SONS/SHEFFIELD ENGLAND.
Manufacturer: R.I. Cadman & Sons, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain, circa 1910
Place & Date Used: Lakeside Mental Hospital, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
References: Card with exhibit

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