Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close early at 5 pm on Friday, April 17 and not reopen until Saturday, April 18 at 2 pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

Advertising beer foam scraper

Advertising beer foam scraper
lass="field field-name-field-e-inscriptions field-type-text-long field-label-above">
Text: B. Stern & Son / Exclusive Custom Tailors / 632/634 Broadway New-York
Not promoted
68 577
Overall: 9 5/8 x 13/16 x 1 3/16 in. (24.5 x 2.1 x 3 cm)
Date End: 
1 912
Beer foam scraper in Egyptian revival style with the handle in the shape of a mummy.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dadie and Norman Perlov and Daughters
Object Number: 
Gallery Label: 
Celluloid, the first entirely synthetic plastic, was invented by John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1920) of Albany in 1869. It is created from nitrocellulose and camphor along with dyes and other agents. Hyatt first developed the material as a less expensive alternative to ivory in the production of billiard balls. Hyatt's invention was patented in 1869 and subsequently used for a wide range of objects, both in imitation of expensive animal products like ivory, horn, and tortoiseshell, and also as an inexpensive medium for objects such as dresser sets, jewelry, picture frames, and advertising giveaways. Celluloid, which is both flammable and fragile, was gradually supplanted by the stronger Bakelite in the 1920s. Celluloid continues to be used today for making Ping Pong balls and guitar picks.
Date Begin: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group