How Did Gentlemen Shave In the 19th Century?

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‘Copperfield, you are a true friend; but when the worst comes to the worst, no man is without a friend who is possessed of shaving materials.’ [Note from Mantic59: a few months ago I happened upon The Victorianist, an interesting blog dedicated to the Victorian age.  That got me wondering, how did gentlemen groom (and especially shave) during those times?  I asked Daniel, the blog's author, if he wouldn't mind discussing Victorian grooming for Sharpologist.] I can’t speak for other countries, but here in England the fashion and styles of the 1980’s are – well, in fashion and style once…