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Barber's shaving bowl, c 1751-1850.

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Barber's shaving bowl, c 1751-1850.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


Japanese or Chinese lacquered wooden bowl. In the 19th century most men visited the barber or shaved periodically at home. Better off customers would have their own personal sets of razors, one for each day of the week. Advances in razor technology in the 20th century, including the introduction of the electric razor, changed shaving habits. Today, the majority of men shave daily at home, using a wide variety of equipment.

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