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December 10, 2015 Serial Number 5145 $1610 (141841697138)
The date code puts these Gillette Toggle razors as being made the 3rd quarter of 1955. The A-3 code is hidden but found stamped on the underneath of the base plate/blade bed. There is a four digit serial number on the bottom plate. That means in all likelihood ten thousand or less of these razors were originally produced. It seems that only a dozen or so have survived to this day. The razor's originally retail list price was $7.50 and has a serial numbered warranty card that matches the serial number stamped into the razor. The last most aggressive adjustment position is "5" and the first least aggressive adjustment position is "1". There is an internal spring that causes a firm click at each adjustment position.With adjustments at each 1/2 position, there are a total of nine adjustments that can be made with this razor. The leather case is made of pigskin. The razor came with a five year free service guarantee when the 3 cent postage paid registration card was sent in. It also came with a crystal clear "Styrene" cap to protect the head of the razor when traveling. The razor weighs 79 grams
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A super-interesting old photo showing a Serial Toggle with shipper and a serial number greater than "9999".