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Project by Mlke posted 1482 days ago 1112 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

it is extremelyyyy hard, seems to be some kind of plastic, but it also seems to have somewhat of a grain on the inside.
This salt shaker was given to my grandma in 1932 lol yupp 1932. so i have absolutely no idea what material this is…
it also seems like it was mounted on a lathe at some point- pic 4
Also, where do you think it’s from?

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Mlke

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#1 posted 1482 days ago

Thanks, Mike

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Grumpy

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#2 posted 1482 days ago

I don’t know but it is very ornate. First thought it looked oriental but perhaps the Americas’. Try posting it as a forum topic or a blog, you might get a wider response.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1482 days ago

One can only guess, it appears like a burl and with it ornate appearance I would guess from a island. So my guess is Kona from the south pacific…BC

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EPJartisan

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#4 posted 1482 days ago

I believe it is urea-formaldehyde. Had a short run in the 1920-1930’s, but discontinued due to toxicity as the resin cured. Sometimes wood fibers and dust filler was used to get colors and textures which mimicked wood grain. Developed in the same time period as Bakelite, which was not toxic. Guess which one made into the mainstream. If it is urea-formaldehyde… THAT salt shaker is worth a lot more than you think. My back ground is Industrial Design, my mind is filled with trinket of knowledge like this.. which I thought useless. If i am right maybe $60 grand of education was worth it… LOL.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1482 days ago

What if you are wrong? 60k down the tube? :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 1481 days ago

This is possibly soy bean, back around this time, before plastic was made from petroleum, soy bean was being developed into a plastic also. If you remember some of the older cars had a pinkish brown knobs on steering wheel, window crank handles, etc. Those were made from soy bean. EPJartisan might be right also, definitely worth checking into. Good luck.

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#7 posted 1481 days ago

Might be hapa wood. Lots of small tiki trinkets made from it.

-- Daniel

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bake

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#8 posted 1481 days ago

I vote for Bakelite.

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#9 posted 327 days ago

Did you ever find out more about it?

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Mlke

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#10 posted 326 days ago

I would say it is either bakelite or soybean. It is artificial and definitely not any type of wood. But to be honest i’m not sure and it really doesn’t matter to me anymore lol

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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