Spool of viscose rayon (artificial silk), 1896-1900.
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A spool of viscose rayon made at Wolston, near Coventry. Viscose rayon is a regenerated cellulose and due to the obtained solution being yellow and rather viscose it was known as 'Viscose'. Viscose rayon was produced by Englishmen Charles F Cros and Edward J Bevan and patented by Cros, Bevan and C Beadle in 1892 with the British patents taken over by by Courtaulds in 1904.