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Technically it has 9 settings if you count the half-number marks in addition to the actual 1-5 numbered marks.Some refer to these as prototypes but prototypes wouldn't be sold at retail with warranty cards and price inserts as these were. First year of the gold-plated "Gillette Executive" adjustable, aka "gold Fat Boy".Also, the 1950 Executive came with a blue-colored 10-blade "Blue Blade" dispenser and two 20-blade dispensers sealed in foil with a picture of the blue dispenser printed on each whereas the previous year, the 1949 Executive - same razor - came with a cream-colored 10-blade "Blue Blades" dispenser and two 20-blade dispensers each sealed in foil with black text printed on each.Some razors get date codes (Letter for the year and a number 1, 2, 3 or 4 for the quarter of that year).Much of the information on this page has been extracted from the excellent books: "Safety Razor Reference Guide" by Robert K. Waits, and "The Complete Gillette Collector's Handbook" and Collector's Guide to American Razor Blades" by Phillip L. During certain periods some or all models were unmarked. The Old Type continues as "Brownie" and various other sets, but without serial numbers. In 1930 Gillette stopped using serial numbers on razors.
Some razor makers put serial numbers on their razors, but we don't always have the key to how the serial numbers fit to dates of manufacture.The blade system adopted in 1930 is still in use today, and was used on razors as well after 1950. Other makers included serial or manufacturing codes, but we do not have the keys.Auto Strop and Rolls are two well known manufacturers who serial numbered their razors.This is not 100% accurate, since the blades may not be original or may have been made before or after the razor. The single-letter date codes are accompanied by a number, which corresponds to the quarter of the year. Date codes on blades (see above) also continued through this period.
Gold plated Big Fellow intro'd as NEW Big Boy Deluxe.
However, blades made in those years were stamped with a date code: A for 1930, B for 1931, etc., plus 1-4 for the year quarter. In 1950 this system was expanded to include razors, too (see below).