Leather Strop

An image of a leather piece with a metal hanging portion at the end. In gold it says Tanned in Scotland. It is sitting on a white doily. In the background there is a white porcelain shaver.
Leather strop in the Dressing Room

Country of Origin: Scotland
Year: ca. 1910
Materials: Leather and metal 

This is a leather strop. Strops are often made of leather or canvas, or another flexible material. They are meant to help sharpen the edge of a straight razor and can also help realign one that have shifted. There are usual metal ends attached to these pieces to hold while sharpening and are often stored in a hanging position.