Bois durci

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A brand name for an early plastic material made from albumen or blood mixed with wood dust. Bois Durci was patented by Francois Lepage in France in 1856. The heated mixture was poured into molds, then cooled to form a hard, dense, glossy product. It was used for small decorative boxes, combs, pipe stems, inkwells, and plaques.

Additional Information

° Plastics Museum: Website

La Societe du Bois Durci:Website (includes images of trade stamps)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002