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Early specimen of artificial silk, 1883.

Early specimen of artificial silk, 1883.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


The border of this hankerchief is made of artificial silk, based on cellulose nitrate, and is dated to c 1883. This artificial silk fibre was developed by the chemist and physicist Sir Joseph Swan (1828-1914) originally for use as filaments in his lamps and exhibited at the Society of Chemical Industry in 1884.

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