Milnthorpe hoof nit comb

Details
Object number
WCHL : 67
Country
Date
1900 (circa)

Description

A small, double sided dust or nit comb made from hoof at Bela Mill, Milnthorpe, Cumberland, by a company run by the Dobson family whose main work was the production of combs, c. 1900. Commonly referred to as 'German Shell' in the comb trade, hoofs were subjected to 300 tons of pressure to produce small, semi-transparent plates from which combs could be cut. This natural plastic item forms part of the Worshipful Company of Horners collection.
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Dimensions
Width
50mm
Height
43mm
Colour Note
transparent