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H3743A-11 Salt shaker, part of collection, 'Nally Ware', phenol formaldehyde, made by Nally Ltd, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia, 1934. Click to enlarge.

'Nally ware' salt shaker

Designed
This salt shaker is an example of 'Nally Ware' and is made from phenol formaldehyde. The exhibition label for this object states that it is a one of a large collection of: 'Samples of the first plastic articles to be moulded in Sydney.' Though it could be disputed that Nally was the first to mould plastic articles in Sydney, it was a pioneer in this industry. These objects help document the range of applications of moulded plastics.

Les Dalton writes that, 'Nally products was born in 1923 …

This object is part of

Summary

Object No.

H3743A-11

Object Statement

Salt shaker, part of collection, 'Nally Ware', phenol formaldehyde, made by Nally Ltd, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia, 1934

Physical Description

Salt shaker, moulded phenol formaldehyde, made by Nally Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1934

A marbled orange based salt shaker with black cap. The salt shaker has a tapered octagonal form with a flat screw top cap with a single central pouring nozzle.

Marks

Engraved lettering to base which reads, 'NALLY / WARE'.

Dimensions

Height

80 mm

Width

40 mm

Production

Notes

This object was acquired in 1934. It was made using phenol formaldehyde moulding powders.

History

Notes

Acquired by a former Director, A.R. Penfold, for display in the plastics exhibition area of the Harris Street museum building.

Nally Pty Ltd made these objects. Les Dalton writes that, 'Nally products was born in 1923 when Nat Fienberg and Wally Wakeham imported 'Condensite' to make more reliable timers for the T-Model Ford.' Nally soon began moulding other items, including a popular and bright range of kitchen wares. It was a pioneer in the Australian plastics industry. Kevin Fahey wrote that it claimed several firsts: '... including being the first Australian company to install a "60 ounce" injection moulding machine ...'

This object is a part of a large collection of 'Nally Ware'. All or some of these objects were displayed in an early 1940s plastics exhibition. One of their exhibition labels read:

'NALLY WARE
Samples of the first
Plastic articles to be
moulded in Sydney'

It could be disputed that Nally was the first to make moulded articles in Sydney. Kelvin Fahey writes that: 'The first Sydney moulding operation was most probably that owned and operated by Dalton Ltd.'

Nally Limited donated these moulded plastics to the Museum in 1934.

REFERENCES:

A. S. Harrison, 'The Plastics Industry in Australia', Australasian Manufacturer, August 30, 1944.
K. Fahey, 'An Island of Plastics': Australian Plastics Processing in the 1980s, The Editors Desk Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1989.
L. Dalton, 'Australian Plastics Industry - the early days by Les Dalton (Part 1)', The PIMA Press, Volume 7 Issue 4 April 2005, p.3, available at http://www.pima.asn.au/newsletter.asp, accessed 22/02/08.

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Harvard

'Nally ware' salt shaker 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 10 May 2021, <https://ma.as/237513>

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