A great antique celluloid collar and jewelry box with the collar box on top and the jewelry box underneath. The entire box has a faux tree bark look with the image of a elk stag on the top. Nice graphic.
Both interiors are lined with bright pink silk.
Bottom jewelry box is missing clasp to hold it closed, interior lining to top collar area is worn with stains. Back has one small spot of peeling. Elk image is overall very good with just a little bit of wear around the background.
approx. 8'" by 8" by 7"
Celluloid Collar History
In 1872, John Hyatt moved to Newark, N.J., and founded the Celluloid Manufacturing Company for the production of raw plastic for use in billiard balls, dentures and a host of other applications. One of the most significant inventions was celluloid waterproof linen.
This was the time before laundry detergent was invented, and the chore of laundering detachable linen cuffs and collars with soap, hot water and a washboard was a dreaded but necessary task. Since detachable cuffs and collars prolonged the life of a shirt, they were worn by nearly every man, but they required scrubbing and heavy starching in order to look crisp and clean.
When celluloid waterproof cuffs and collars were introduced in 1875, they took the men’s fashion world by storm. Celluloid never lost its crisp, white appearance, and grimy sweat could be easily wiped away with soap and water. It wasn’t as comfortable as linen, but it always looked fresh and clean. It was a favorite of clergymen, traveling salesmen, bachelors and the wives of married men. And — at 25 cents — a celluloid collar could last for years, making it much more affordable than natural linen
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