Razor, Rolls Roller; Rolls Razor Company; 1930-1940; WY.1991.34


Razor, Rolls Roller

About this object

This is a Rolls Razor, a sophisticated safety-razor with the slogan 'The razor that is stropped and honed in its case'.

The razor consists of a case with a rigid rectangular frame enclosed by two detachable lids, one lid carried a stone and the other a leather. With a lid removed, oscillating a handle drove a shaft along the frame. In both directions pinions on the shaft engaged with racks on the case to rotate the shaft to either push the blade forward against the stone or drag it against the strop. The rolls razor was easy to use, fast and safe, although it was noisy as each change of direction rotated the blade to slap against stone or leather.

The blade was about the size of a conventional disposable blade but was solid, hollow ground and not disposable.

First sold in the 1920s, the company's principal market was for a twenty-first birthday present for a young man. In line with this target market, though not made by the Rolls-Royce company, the name was chosen to evoke the 'Rolls' image of luxury and quality.The razor was still manufactured and sold until 1958 when the company was purchased by entrepreneur John Bloom who decided to focus on washing machines rather than razors. By this stage, electric razors were becoming increasingly popular and sales had declined.


Rolls Razor Company

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, rock, stone
inorganic, processed material, metal, chrome
inorganic, processed material, metal, steel
organic, processed material, animal, skin, mammal skin, leather
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on black ink on the side of the chrome box and underneath the card box: 'WY 91034'


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Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

Object Type

personal effects

Object number


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