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Sold Date: 11/28/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay

I'm not certain how old this comb is, but I'm sure it has some age. It is marked "I R Comb Co Goodyear 1851." Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in the 1840's, and this looks like early hard rubber to me. It has the look of bakelite, but I don't think it's bakelite. I think it's vulcanized rubber, and a couple of dealers I know agree with me. Whether the number is a date, I don't know for sure, but I think it's possible the comb is that early. Goodyear and his brothers were manufacturing items, mostly clothing related, in the late 1840's. They didn't have anything to do with Goodyear Tire and Rubber, which was formed in 1898 and named after Mr Goodyear, who invented vulcanized rubber in the 1840's. The comb is in excellent condition, and it could have lain in a drawer for decades, until I found it in a Cape Cod estate sale this summer. The comb measures 3 by 1 1/4 inches, and it is almost an eighth of an inch thick. Thanks for looking. No Reserve!!! The shipping and handling charge for this item will be $4.60, plus insurance if wanted. I will combine winning items to save you money on shipping, when practical.

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