Metal and horn Yohan Engstrom straight razor with cardboard storage box.
24.5 x 2.0 x 0.7 cm. (open razor); 18.0 x 3.6 x 1.4 cm. (closed box)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1841-1935) Jackson, Charles (1775-1855)
shaving; blades (tool and equipment components); boxes (containers)
General: Forms part of the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. object collection. Provenance: Razor and box were found with others in the desk of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. during an inventory of his office by the Library of Congress following his death in 1935. Family members Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes distributed some of the razors to the inventorists as souvenirs. This razor was given to Verner W. Clapp who transferred it to the Houghton Library in 1957. The Houghton then gave it to the Law School. An accompanying facsimile of a manuscript in Justice Holmes's hand on Supreme Court of the United States stationary reads: "October 16, 1909 / This razor either belonged to my grandfather Jackson or was used to shave him when he was dead. The gap was made by me. / O. W. Holmes". Subject: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: Born March 8, 1841 in Boston, Mass.; attended Harvard College, 1857-1861; Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, 1861-1864; graduated Harvard Law School, 1866; married Fanny Bowditch Dixwell, June 17, 1872; Professor at Harvard Law School, 1882; Justice of Massachusetts State Supreme Court, 1882-1902; Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Court, 1899-1902; Associate Justice of US Supreme Court, 1902-1932; died March 6, 1935.