Well I still shave with my H code. Who knew I was shaving my old face with an antique, then again, the face ain't so new either. Got that razor from a friend in when I started shaving. Collected razors at one time, still have them all.
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Sometimes patent dates are a help, but they give you the front end of the date scale, and not always too exactly. 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. Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time. Other makers included serial or manufacturing codes, but we do not have the keys. AutoStrop and Rolls are two well known manufacturers who serial numbered their razors.