Site Information

 Loading... Please wait...

Blog

Razor Archive Series: Gillette New Improved Milady Decollette Double Edge Safety Razor

Posted by Marissa Neel on

Gillette New Improved 

Milady Decollette Safety Razor

1921-1929

Material: Stamped Brass

Plating: Gold Only

Common Problems: Hairline Crack in Handle

Rarity Scale: 3 out of 5

           Unlike the previous era of Gillette, The Old Type, the New Improved contained a special razor, just for ladies. This signaled a widening of the commercial viability of female shavers and propelled womankind into the hair relay race that now exists. Armpits, upper lip, cheeks, and the Bobbed haircut were the first focus areas. In an article below, Gillette cites the "family peace" as a reason to buy your daughter or wife a Milady razor. 

           During this Progressive Era, with unmatched hope and wealth, the older Suffragette women inspired a younger version of female empowerment, the Flapper. We are in the roaring 20's and the Bobbed haircut is causing a stir nationwide. Many women were divorced or fired for choosing to wear this rebellious style. A haircut that symbolic of female rebellion & freedom needed to always stay pristine and clean. With the help of a discreet packable razor, a lady in the 1920's could keep her razor on hand even if her husband kicked her out. 

            The Milady Decollette from the Old Type can still be seen in the early New Improved advertising. This Old Type model was sold throughout. During Christmas the Pearl, Jade, and Coral was released and then again released with the NEW head. Razor sets were sold for $5 and $6 dollars, amounting to about $84 in today's money. This was definitely a luxury item for the woman going to parties in a sleeveless gown or perhaps to the beach in a scandalous one piece.

View Comments


Ralf Aust Straight Razor Manufacturer Solingen, Germany

           Ralf Aust is a growing brand of high quality straight razors, that is reviving the quality of old world manufacturers like Wade & Butcher or Dubl Duck. Unlike other high quality straight razor manufacturing companies, Ralf Aust is a one man operation. The passion for quality can be seen in [...]

Read More »


Beginner Straight Razor Wet Shave Showdown: Gold Dollar vs Dovo Best

         America's greatest generation used straight razors and now you can experience the closeness, the daring, and the satisfaction of using a real razor! But, which one to choose? We did a side by side comparison of our top picks so you can make the an informed decision. The Gold Dollar 6/8" [...]

Read More »


Wet Shave Showdown: Gillette Mach 3 Cartridge vs Gillette Slim Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor

For those who prefer a long handle and adjustable shave, look no further than the Gillette Slim Adjustable. This razor is a classic with a TTO or twist to open mechanism which works in a swift motion, making it easy to get the perfect high luxury shave you've always wanted. These shavers are known as some [...]

Read More »


Wet Shaving Showdown Parker Adjustable Variant vs Merkur Progress 51C

We get asked to compare the shave of these two razors daily. In truth, razors are like running shoes, what works great for one man might not for another. We encourage you to watch our shave showdown and hopefully it will make your decision easier! We offer returns as well, so if you're unhappy after [...]

Read More »


Wet Shave Review Above The Tie Windsor 5 Piece Set

We're happy to review the Windsor SS Satin 5 Piece Set from Above The Tie. This razor is hand crafted from solid 303 stainless steel here in the USA, and bead blasted for a smooth satin finish. ATT also offers a few premium finishes, however we chose the standard to get a good idea of how [...]

Read More »


Vintage Gillette Rhodium Toggle Wetshave

Interested in learning more about this desirable razor?                The Gillette Toggle is the first of the Gillette adjustable razors and was made with limited distribution in 1957 and 1958, and national distribution in 1960. There are 5 adjustment position Toggles (those with serial numbers), and 9 position ones (with [...]

Read More »


Black Friday Savings!

Friends and loyal customers,Happy Thanksgiving from the Razor Emporium Crew! I wanted to reach out and tell you how thankful we are for you, our valued customer. We have grown tremendously over the last 9 years. Our capabilities have expanded, our product selections have increased and it all comes down to your support. We are [...]

Read More »


Wet Shave Review Raw Shaving RS18 Safety Razor with Lubricating strips

Made from 316 stainless steel and engineered with absolute precision, the  Raw Shaving Safety Razor combines beauty and practicality. A slender handle offers grip and ergonomic flexibility, while the durable razor head features a built-in safety guard for maximum comfort. Form. Function. Simplicity. The Raw Shaving Safety Razor transcends traditional shaving and brings the experience into [...]

Read More »


Razor Archive Series: Gillette New Improved Standard Bostonian Richwood Chippendale Algonquin Traveller Safety Razor

Gillette New Improved Standard Safety Razor 1921-1930's Handle Length: 3.25" Material: Stamped Brass Plating: Silver & Gold Common Problems: Hairline Crack in Handle Rarity Scale: 4 out of 5          The Gillette Old Type style razor had dominated the commercial shaving world and revolutionized how the consumer thought about shaving. The patents were expiring finally and competitor shaving companies' mouths [...]

Read More »