Dating from the early 19th century, an unique item of Marine Art or scrimshaw - a cut-throat razor, most unusually with a double blade, housed within a case of bone. The case is ornamented with a naive depiction of a sailor in uniform below a fouled anchor and would probably have been made by a sailor on board ship in his leisure hours for his own personal use. An extremely interesting item of British maritime history, remaining in well used but excellent condition. Circa 1820.
Ref: A similar, but single bladed, razor in a bone case and housed within a wooden outer case with fouled anchor is described and illustrated on page 122 of `Marine Art & Antiques: Jack Tar, A Sailor`s Life, 1750-1910` by J. Welles Henderson and Rodney P. Carlisle.