1907 Pyrographic Outfit, Original Box with Contents and Instructions


Measures:  7.25” wide, 4.25” tall, 5” deep

This amazing kit includes 4 glass bottles, 3 have wooden stoppers and one has a metal top.  There is a tool with a cork handle that I assume is the tool for burning the designs.  The (frightening) instructions are attached to the inside of the lid.  There is an alcohol (!) lamp which was to be filled and lit.  There is what appears to be cotton batting in one of the bottles.  For finishing, Pyrography Art Stain and Pyrography Art Gloss.  There are remnants of the rubber tubing in the kit as well.  The clasp and hinges on the box are in place and work well.  The clasp is quite ornate.  The box is decorated with leaves and berries or grapes and the bottom is signed and dated by the artists with dates starting in 1907, ending in 1909. 

“At the turn of the 20th century, a Melbourne architect named Alfred Smart discovered a new, more effective way to practice pyrography. He found that benzene fumes could be pumped through a heated, hollow pencil. This allowed tools to remain hot through the duration of the pyrography process. The pencil was made of platinum and connected to a bottle of benzene and a rubber ball that was squeezed to push fumes through the pencil.”  https://workingtheflame.com/history-of-pyrography/