Plastics have been described as “materials that can be moulded or shaped into different forms under pressure or heat.” In the twentieth century the move away from natural raw materials to synthetically produced plastics changed the way objects were produced, designed and used.
Before the arrival of synthetic resins natural plastics such as amber, horn, tortoiseshell, bitumen, shellac, gutta-percha and rubber were used to mould and manufacture artifacts. Horn was the most accessible of these fo...
Comb (unfinished) 'No.20', one of a series of specimens illustrating stages in making braid combs, ox horn, given to the Museum by C. E. Wigzell, hairdresser, Oxford Street, Sydney, Australia, 1874-1884
An ox horn comb with a curved body and light brown staining to resemble tortoiseshell. This is one of a series of specimens to illustrate the stages in the manufacture of braid combs. This comb is in the buffed stage of production.