Here is a lovely two-tone celluloid hair brush which was originally part of an Art Deco era (1930s) vanity set.

It measures 8" from tip of the handle to top of the brush, and is 2 1/2" at its widest.

The edges are bevel finished which highlights the clear amber tone of the bottom against the shimmering ivory marble-look pearlized top and is 5/16" deep.

The bristles are sturdily imbedded into the plastic base and extend 7/8" high out of it.

This is marked Pyralin on the amber side of the handle, just below the bristles.

Remarkably clean, and in very good, very gently (if at all) used condition. Please see all close-up photos.

This is for the brush only, we are selling the shoe horn separately. We happily combine to reduce shipping if you are interested in purchasing both pieces.


From the book "New Jersey: Life, Industries and Resources of a Great State" published in 1928 by the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce:

"The du Pont Company was originally founded as a black powder factory in 1802 by Irenee du Pont, who was encouraged in this venture by his friend, President Jefferson. This establishment has gradually extended its scope, manufacturing today such diverse products as gunpowder, imitation ivory (and amber) toilet-ware (Pyralin), dynamite and Duco."

and from Wikipedia:

"Celluloid is a natural resin formed from plant fibers, used commonly before the second world war as a material for pen barrels and caps, and many other consumer products, as well as motion picture film stock. Celluloid is strong and resilient, but cannot be injection molded and is highly flammable. Also known as Radite, Pyroxalin, Pyralin, Permanite."


“Celluloid is actually a trade name, like Band-Aid or Kleenex, but the term has been generically used for many years to reference a type of plastic material invented in the mid 1800s and used to make a variety of objects until around 1940. It is actually a product of cellulose dinitrate blended with pigments, fillers, camphor, and alcohol to make a unique synthetic material categorized as a plastic.

Most people recognize the pale yellow pieces with graining meant to simulate ivory as celluloid these days. In fact, celluloid was often referred to as “French Ivory” in its heyday to give it a little more snob appeal and is sometimes marked as such, although the composition has nothing at all to do with genuine ivory harvested from animal tusks. Another similar term, Ivory Pyralin, is sometimes found stamped on these pieces as well.”

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