Q: I have a Gillette shaving set that includes a razor and a silver case with a hinged lid. The case is lined with velvet and satin and is 3 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide. Inside the top, it’s marked “Gillette Bostonian.” I have never seen a case like this. I’d like to know how old it is.
A : Your razor and case were advertised in a wholesaler’s catalog in 1922 for a little over $7. The set included a triple-silver-plated “New Improved” razor, a metal blade box and nickel plated case. The case has a tray that automatically rises when the lid is opened and lowers when it’s closed. “Bostonian” is the model name of the razor. The razor and case were also made in a gold-plated version. The value of a complete set is $50 to $100 if it’s not in mint condition.