"In 1843 Dr. Mongomerie, a Malayian surgeon found Malayian natives using the vegetable material gutta percha a gum elastic, to make knife handles and other articles. It is a hard material that was scraped by hand from the Palaquium trees in Malaya, Borneo and Sumatra. Gutta percha was first softened in hot water and then pressed by hand into the desired shape. Dr. Montgomerie's studies provided the impetus for the founding of the Gutta percha Company in 1845, which remained in business until 1930. Gutta percha jewelry can be found as bracelets, pins and earrings. " This is quoted from Plastic Jewelry by Lyngerda Kelly and Nancy Schiffer. On page 5 there is a picture of a molded black gutta percha pin exactly like this one except this one is a bit more intricate with its cut out pattern. It is a collector's museum quality item. Because it is one of the rare "natural plastics" it has Eco value as well. It measures 3 " x 1 3/4" . The pin is in working order . Collect, wear and invest all with jewelry therapy!
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