Art Deco Celluloid Flower Basket Chrysanthemum and Daisy Flowers Figural C Clasp Vintage Brooch Pin. Wonderful pin dating from 1940s with great detail.of every flower, leaf and basket. In an imitation ivory color, it is a delightful piece from the past that is in Wonderful Condition! Measuring 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". The pin is embedded in the piece and has a C Clasp. Celluloid is highly collectible and this is a prized example.
An inventor named John Wesley Hyatt was experimenting with nitrocellulose, whose main ingredient is a plant fiber called cellulose and whose soluble form is collodion. Like Parkes, Hyatt was trying to create a plastic, but his sights were set on billiard balls—a company called Phelan & Collander had promised $10,000 to anyone who could come up with a substitute for ivory, which even in the 19th century was a dwindling resource. Hyatt did not win the prize, but in the course of trying to produce the ball, he noticed that when camphor was added to nitrocellulose, the combination plasticized. In 1868 and 1870 respectively, Hyatt formed the Company to put his invention to work, but his main claim to fame was the Celluloid Manufacturing Company, which was founded in 1872.
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