Patent Model - Improved Vegetable Fiber to Imitate Hair

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André Couturier, Patentee
Production date
May 11 1869
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Wood, fibers, metal
20 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/2" (52.1 x 47.6 x 6.4cm)
Couturier's patent "consists in producing, as a new article of manufacture, a fiber from the pita or leaf of the Corojo palm, which grows in the West Indian Islands, which fiber I have discovered to possess superior qualities for the manufacture of those articles for which animal or vegetable fiber is now employed. This fiber I have found to be of unequaled strength, and which, on account of its great length, can be spun to produce the very strongest thread. The fiber alone appears similar to human hair, and can, when colored, be used as imitation hair." (Patent Number 89,855)
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