The tools of a demon barber
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The company was started by Isaac Barber in the 1820s. In 1845 Isaac & James Barber were listed as making knives. Isaac died in 1854 and James died at the tender age of 40 in 1859. The trademark 'ERA' featured prominently over James Barbers name in the 1850s, and they had began making razors by then. The firm carried on under the directorship of Harriet Barber (widow of James) until the 1870s, then under Mary Ann Barber until her death in 1897.
The golden age of the wedge razor. During this period some truly stunning etched blades were produced, company names began to appear on the tang and even the spine of the blade was sometimes decorated with fancy designs. Handles were made out of many different materials - Ivory, horn, bone were all used and inlaid with silver and even precious stones. A notable introduction in 1868 was the use of celluloid for scales. (Handles)
Then another James Barber took over as senior partner. In the 1900s they had the Era Works in Sheffield but in 1928 the trademark was taken over by Joseph Elliot. It was still listed as a part of Elliots in the 1970s.
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