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Title
gutta percha snuff box, 1820-1860
Snuff box, English or French, 1820-1860
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Work Type
Smoking
Date
1820-1860
Location
England
France
Material
brass
gutta-percha
lining, tortoiseshell
Measurements
overall: 21 mm x 78 mm diameter, 0.078 kg
Description
Snuff box, English or French, 1820-1860. Circular, flattish, detachable lid, concave edge to box, gutta-percha, tortoiseshell lined, engine turned lid.
Snuff box, English or French, 1820-1860. Circular, flattish, detachable lid, concave edge to box, gutta-percha, tortoiseshell lined, engine turned lid.
Gutta percha was introduced in Britain in 1843. It was not originally used as a cable insulator, but was popular due to its chemical properties, which made it easy to shape and mould. It was used to make everything from industrial components like machinery belts and tubes, to chessmen and other small items, like this snuff box. The process for making tubes was soon adapted to make cable coverings, due to its insulating properties, which improved under the pressure and temperatures found on the sea bed. By 1861, over one thousand tons of gutta percha was being imported by Britain each year. Gutta percha was used for cable insulation until the late 1930s, when it began to be replaced by polyethylene.
Repository
Science Museum, Information Age Gallery: Cable
On loan from Wellcome Trust
Accession Number
Subject
snuff box
ID Number
co157864
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
Rights
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