1920s Box of 12 BIG "NON-INFAMABLE" Combs - KERONYX Aberdeen Combworks
A full box of 12 large combs made by "KERONYX" the Aberdeen Combworks.
These sturdy - rather satisfying looking combs (each nearly 8" long..) are made of a composite material manufactured in the 1920s in response to competition from cheap, but inflammable, celluloid combs from Japan.
The wording on the box is brilliant "KERONYX" COMBS ARE NON-INFLAMABLE. ODOURLESS. BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED. CHEAP AND DURABLE. MADE IN WHITE, BLACK, AMBER, TORTOISHELL AND VARIOUS COLOURS"
Then in the printing around the Aberdeen Angus heads it says
"AWARDED AT LONDON THE ONLY MEDAL FOR REAL AND IMITATION TORTOISHELL LADIES COMBS AND AT VIENNA THE ONLY MEDAL FOR COMBS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION"
On the combs themselves are impressed
"NON-INFLAMABLE" "TWIN CUT BRITISH MAKE"
On the internet I found this on a website about the Keronyx Aberdeen Comb works
"1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair.
Manufacturers of Horn and Keronyx non-inflammable Combs of every description, for all markets;
makers of "Keronyx", a non-inflammable substitute for Vulcanite, Celluloid, Xylonite, etc. (Stand No. K.11) "
The boxes are generally in good condition, some dust and the odd corner scuff and the tops of the labels are sometimes a little ragged.
I found several boxes of these in an old warehouse I cleared.