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Xylonite

Hat brush made by the British Xylonite Co. 1920s Xylonite salad servers c1900 Halex brush, comb, mirror & tray set 1930s - 50s Xylonite pots c1930s

Although the trade name Xylonite (derived from the Greek word ‘xylon’ meaning ‘wood’) is best known for its association with the cellulose nitrate products made by the British Xylonite Co. Ltd. it was originally coined by Daniel Spill as the trade name for his improved version of Alexander Parkes’ Parkesine material. Among the earliest products made from the material were knife handles, imitation coral jewellery, tubes and insulating materials for electric cables.