Since you have Waits, there's a good picture of a set on page 13 of the ASR section. Under the heading "British Ever-Ready Sets" in the first column is a set with a stropper from the 1930's (the ivory bakelite case on the right). Waits doesn't identify it as a Streamline for some reason. At the bottom of the right column on the same page is an "Ambassador" set, apparently from the 1950's. I've read somewhere that there was a period between the two sets when the Streamline wasn't being produced.
Someone more knowledgeable will be along shortly to clarify, no doubt.
I've got a cased Streamline, just the razor no stropping set up. Can't find a picture but I'm sure there'll be a few posters here with a few. If I may here's a link to a B&B thread with loads of pictures. Mine's identical to post No 4. It's the emperor of flip top SEs. Built like a tank, plated like a WMD. Superb machine.
Post by HoosierTrooper on Mar 17, 2012 7:26:46 GMT -6
Here's mine and it is a fantastic razor, beautifully finished and an absolute joy to shave with. I actually used it this morning with a Gem Blue Star blade and vintage Colgate Cup soap so your thread was quite timely.
I've read that they were made in the 30's and then in the 50's and if what I've read is correct mine is the older one based on the drainage holes in the bottom plate.
Post by HoosierTrooper on Mar 17, 2012 9:42:37 GMT -6
I had it wrong, mine is actually a new version if what I've read is correct. The newer models have two small drainage holes and holes in between the teeth on the guard, the older ones have two large holes in the bottom plate and none in the guard bar.
You can see the main drainage holes and the ones between the teeth in the shadow.
Here's the older style (excuse the soap residue, I've been using it):
Edit: I just looked at the picture and it looks like my poor Streamline is brassing like the devil. It is a trick of the light and highlights my poor photographic skills. The plating is rock solid. The razor is a tank.
I'd have to disagree with Shadowsdad. I think they are pretty rare. It took me a while to find one and I didn't care about the price either. I had to outbid several serious SE collectors. Prices are going northwards a bit but still less than your average user grade Fatboy. You should be able to pick one up for $50-$60.
The equivalent GEM Jewel is one you see even less in my experience.
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