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Object NameStenogravure
Manufactured ByWalter Stenning, Artist
Description"Bakelite" is the trade name for the first synthetic plastic formed from phenol and formaldehyde. Walter Stenning's engraving is an unique use of the material. Stenning patented the process known as Stenogravure in 1921. The phenolic plate is engraved and filled with gold and silver pigment.
Dimensions1 3/4" x 2"
Date Manufactured1930
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF)
Material Trade NameBakelite
Manufacturing ProcessEngraving of phenol- formaldehyde plates
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2010.032.31
DonorGift of National Plastics Center. Originally gift of Mary Morris.
Broad SubjectVisual Arts
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