Featured Sorry, another 'What's it made of?'

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  1. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Black bracelet panel beads approx 2cm long. I'm not sure what they are made of. Firstly I thought wood or bog oak by the splits in the sides which look very wood like but wood doesn't equate with what looks like a pressed design on the top. The pattern is identical on every bead. Then there is the odd texture on the back where it looks like it's breaking down slightly or a surface lacquer is coming off.
    They don't chink like glass or jet and aren't brown like vulcanite.
    Any ideas please?
    Thankyou :)
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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Bog oak?
     
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  3. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Is the design on each panel exactly the same? Are they 2 different substances, do you think?
     
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  4. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Molded papier-mache, lacquered?
     
  5. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    I wondered that but the pattern looks pressed not carved.
    All one substance I think. No joins unless well hidden. The pattern is identical on all beads.
    That could be an inspired conclusion 2MB. It would fit with what it looks and feels like.

    Any ideas of age?
     
  6. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

  7. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Could well be as that looks very similar. Then lacquered which we can see coming off the back. I never knew there was such a thing as pressed wood but I think you have nailed it. That says early 19th Century, I will go and google when it was a ‘ thing’! Thanks everyone :kiss:
     
  8. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    Might be pressed horn KSW, not sure.
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  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  10. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I also thought of a similar material, used to make "union" cases for daguerreotypes - "The process was created by heating the combination or the union of several materials that included fibrous material, wood fiber, gum shellac and color dye". But I have never seen union cases with additional lacquer applied.
     
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  11. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    You are on fire today Houseful!. Could be horn. I'll dig my UV light out when I get home.
    Off to Google before I appear (more) ignorant.........
     
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  12. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    That could well be the case here that it's a mixture of whatever they could get their hands on!.
     
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  13. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Bois Durci
    'It is made from finely ground wood 'flour' mixed with a binder, either egg or blood albumen or gelatine'
    :meh::vomit:
    Excuse me if I don't tap it on my teeth or worse still taste test it as has been suggested on previous threads :mask:......
     
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  14. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Can horn be pressed?
     
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  15. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

  16. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    Bingo Houseful.
    Definite UV reaction on the side areas without the thick lacquer. So Victorian(?) pressed horn it seems to be.
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  17. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

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  18. R Ewing

    R Ewing EclecticMomsAttic

    You guys are amazing!
     
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  19. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

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    KSW Well-Known Member

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