The Ever Ready 'Sun Ray' is indeed a fine razor, the late British model known to be a damn good shave embellished with retro-Deco patterns ... but what do we know about it?
It was a special set from the 1950s, sold as a double-set with a stropper and strop in a square bakelite case. I've also seen the razor alone in a highly polished nickel case similar to the Streamline/Jewel but not exactly the same.
When I saw that, it opened my mind up to the idea that these razor could well have been sold in other cases ...
One such candidate was the same style case as the 'Sun Ray' but half the size and without the stropper. These sets were often sold out with regular British Made Ever Ready 1912s and that was that ... or so I thought. I had pondered upon the handle of that razor which is abruptly terminated; dramatically flat, as if filed for a case it didn't quite fit. Hold that thought.
My latest acquisition is a 'Sun Ray' in such a case ... and now, it all clicks into place ...
Notice how the razor sits absolutely flat in this case, which bears all the hallmarks of the larger (square) case/set that we more readily associate the 'Sun Ray' with:
Compare that to these dramatically flat ended regular 1912s that we more often see in these cases:
... sits on a slope.
I postulate that these cases were indeed designed for the 'Sun Ray' razors, a limited run which didn't quite add up to the number of cases that they had ... or they changed their mind early into the project and decided to sell them out as a double-set with stropper.
Either way, that surplus of half-sized cases was available and the regular 1912 got filed down to fit.
You greedy b@$7@*&! And there's me going to an antiques market once every six months to track one down, but to no avail! I'll have a couple of Sun-Rays for sale soon - just need to find a decent engraver
Ooops... April post... anyway... green... envy....
Last Edit: Sept 9, 2017 17:46:10 GMT -6 by riverrun
wchnu: If I liked him more I might actually feel bad about that.
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:02 GMT -6
wchnu: Did I type...THAT... Outloud???? Oops
Sept 17, 2017 18:54:28 GMT -6
birdlives: I hear nothing....I see nothing.....Hospital Koodies.......Yeaagh!!!! A DE with a Derby!!! NOPE!!! I hear nothing...I see nothing...If I go under the anesthesia, I'm taking someone I can trust to WATCH all that business....I can trust you guys, RIGHT ?
Sept 17, 2017 19:18:03 GMT -6
wchnu: Why yessss you can...uhhuh,..sure can...most the time anyway.
Sept 17, 2017 19:35:00 GMT -6
birdlives: What about that Canadian Rocket Dood? Can I trust him too?
Sept 17, 2017 19:38:22 GMT -6
wchnu: Hard to say....but prolly so.
Sept 17, 2017 22:40:17 GMT -6
GarnerPW: I just read what you wrote there Fuzz or should I say Mr. Fuzz. And all this time I thought you liked me.
Sept 18, 2017 4:38:29 GMT -6
GarnerPW: Don't trust him there Bird. You know what they say, "You can't trust the Man/Fuzz". The Canuck, is alright though.
Sept 18, 2017 4:43:20 GMT -6
birdlives: I don't know......Have you seen what that crazy Canuck does in a bath tub?
Sept 18, 2017 13:31:26 GMT -6
GarnerPW: No what???
Sept 18, 2017 13:33:24 GMT -6
Alan: Boy, I thought I was going nuts, so I stared at it for a while and realized Riverruns avatar winks.
Sept 19, 2017 21:29:17 GMT -6
birdlives: ALAN!!.....Uh...Oh....you're right! That could be dangerous! This might be a case for the avatar police! I stretched his avatar as big as my i-Pad screen...Bam! It blinked and I jumped...lol!
Sept 20, 2017 2:04:25 GMT -6
wchnu: Garner..did I type That outloud..darn. the SE dude is a good guy though.
Sept 20, 2017 17:33:32 GMT -6
wchnu: Alan!!! Good to see you. I will check out that avatar. Sounds spooky.
Sept 20, 2017 17:34:08 GMT -6
wchnu: It really does wink!!
Sept 21, 2017 0:47:42 GMT -6