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  • "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items"
  • National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA
  • Civil War Medical Museum, Frederick, MD

Civil War Soldiers Shaving Set - Mug, brush, strop and razor, partial ID, as in museums

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This is a great grouping being offered, it is a Civil War soldiers Shaving Set. The tin cup stands 4 1/4" high and the diameter at the bottom is 3". It has a rolled lip and a flat bottom, along with all of the seams being soldered, as correct for the Civil War period. It also has the attached side compartment for the razor and soap.

The horn razor is marked "Jacques Lecoultre au Sentier" on the blade. They were a Swiss maker, established in 1830, and made razors for England, United States and Germany. Carved in script on the handle is "M. Gault" (there is also a M.W. Gault who served in the 23rd Alabama for the Confederacy). Research shows that there was a Matthew and Moses Gault that served in the Union army. It has a turned wood brush with probably horse hair and a period Emerson razor strop. There are similar examples of this shaving cup in The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord. You will see these sets in just about all of the Civil War museums (see pictures).

The overall condition of the grouping is fantastic, the razor has a little chipping and some surface rust, but this is expected for its age and use. These groupings have become very rare and difficult to find, especially one that remained together for so many years. In my book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items", I have a similar set and go into more detail about these types of items and the hygiene of soldiers (see pictures). It would go great with a display of a soldiers personal effects or in a camp display.

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