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Civil War US Navy Soap Box or Shaving Kit Produced From a Plastic Latex-like Substance Called Gutta Percha Derived From the Sap of a SE Asian Tree of the Same Name.

The Shaving Kit is approximately 3" across and 1.5" high. It is Maker Marked: The Novelty Rubber Co, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Under Goodyear Patent Mar 6 1851. Very Rare and can be found on Page 263, Volume I of the authoritive Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia. Gutta Percha was the first "plastic" which could be molded into most any shape or form and was heat/flame resistant. Gutta Percha was also used in dental fillings, electrical components, and is still used today for certain requirements.


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 RARE!!! Civil War US Navy Soap Box or Shaving Kit. Inscribed, "Don't Give Up The Ship"
As Described and Depicted in the "Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia" by Francis Lord. Issued to and Used by Sailors Aboard US Navy Federal Ships During The Civil War. As typical, the mirror on the inside top cover lid of the shaving soap box has been lost. The metal eye ring used to hang the top inside cover for easy viewing is still intact. Gutta Percha is a hard plastic latex-like substance derived from a SE Asian tree of the same name. First patented by Goodyear in 1851 and licensed to 100's of other companies for use in electrical insulation, containers such as cups and bowls to hold liquid, and is still used today in dentistry.
 Civil War US Navy Shaving Kit, Don't Give Up The Ship, Gutta Percha
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 Excellent Condition. Has the original retaining ring which held in a mirror. Has inscribed "Don't Give Up The Ship" around a mid 19th century Fouled Anchor, twisted rope, and the initials USN. Also inscribed is the manufacturer: The Novelty Rubber Co, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Under Goodyear Patent Mar 6 1851. Approximately 3" across and 1.5" high.  $350.  Call To Order
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U.S. Navy Civil War Soap Box This gutta percha soap box manufactured by the Novelty Rubber Company licensed under the 1851 Goodyear Patent was the standard soap box used by both the Federal Navy and Army!

Below are links to other Antique Nautical and Naval Artifacts which you may be interested in.

Click HERE for US Navy "Fouled Anchor China" made for the Wardroom Officers Mess ca 1940-1960 - Affordable For Everyday Use!

Click HERE for US Navy Silverplated Silverware in the Kings Design with "Fouled Anchor" made for the Wardroom Officers Mess ca 1905-1960 - Matching silverware to the navy anchor china!

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Rare 1880 to Early 1890's Photograph of Antique Trunk Factory and Workers Using Albumen Silver Print Method, Mounted to a Period Board Which Dates The Photo
Note the Flatop and Two Monitor or Waterfall Trunks, Each Being Individually Unique at the Very Time of Production.
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We all romanticize about the mystique of these antique trunks. The possible owners and travels that each steamer trunk has taken, along with the high level of detailed craftsmanship in the original production of each and every steamer trunk with that individualized character giving both intrinsic and non-intrinsic value.
However the truth of the matter is that the majority of these trunks were made towards the middle to end of the 19th century just at the dawning of the industrial revolution here in America when there were no child labor laws or protections. This rare photo clearly illustrates at least 3 generations of owners and workers, ages appearing to range from pre-teen/adolescent, teens/early adult, through middle to old age!
It was a common practice that loyal and productive craftsmen would be allowed to bring their children to work with them to learn a craft, so many of the children in this photograph were more than likely sons of the men shown.
Note the adolescent factory workers on top row! Note that there are no women in the photo! This is due to the fact that at that time "proper" women did not work outside of the home, certainly not in a factory. Everybody appears to look pretty stern, having on their arms crossed and "work" faces put on.
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