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The Rise And Fall Of Melamine Tableware

2016-12-06T05:35:38+00:00

At a time in the immediate post-war years when plastics housewares generally had a dubious reputation with the public, melamine tableware quickly proved to be a strong exception. This article describes the development, zenith and [...]

The Rise And Fall Of Melamine Tableware 2016-12-06T05:35:38+00:00

Two Natural Plastics: Tortoiseshell and Horn

2016-12-06T05:35:40+00:00

Tortoiseshell and horn are referred to as ‘natural plastics’. Their thermoplastic properties allow them, when heated, to be worked, stamped, pressed or refashioned, retaining the desired shape on cooling. They have long been recognised as [...]

Two Natural Plastics: Tortoiseshell and Horn 2016-12-06T05:35:40+00:00

Impressions In Horn And Other Organic Materials

2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

This article is an abridged version of a recent talk to the Plastics Historical Society in which the author explored how techniques for impressing horn possibly arose and developed. Horn is a natural thermoplas tic [...]

Impressions In Horn And Other Organic Materials 2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

Horners' Corner: Additions to the Horners' Collection

2016-12-06T05:35:38+00:00

Adele Schaverein, who has been a regular contributor to plastiquarian, has emigrated to Australia. As is so often the case when somebody has performed an excellent job for many years, the Horners' Company has found [...]

Horners' Corner: Additions to the Horners' Collection 2016-12-06T05:35:38+00:00