1920s BIG "NON-INFLAMABLE" Combs - KERONYX Aberdeen Combworks
These sturdy - rather satisfying 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, TORTOISESHELL AND VARIOUS COLOURS"
Then in the printing around the Aberdeen Angus heads it says
"AWARDED AT LONDON THE ONLY MEDAL FOR REAL AND IMITATION TORTOISESHELL 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) "
I found several boxes of these in an old warehouse I cleared.
I have one complete box containing 12 combs - this box is shown in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th pictures to the left. The edges of the box are torn and a bit stained but the label is good.
Then I have some loose combs I'm selling separately- colours shown in the following pictures.
I also have a couple more boxes - one has a damaged label and the other is rather dirty - if you'd like either of these just let me know.