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Circa 1940s
A bronze soap die for imprinting " Tiki " branded soap. The die is a heavy rectangular piece of bronze divided into identical sections which are each the shape and size of a bar of soap. There is a small rectangle cut out in the middle of each section and the inverted text on each section reads " TIKI SOAP ". There is a 1.3cm wide depression around the outside edge of each section and eight threaded screw holes on the rear. There are two holes in the middle which can be seen from the front.
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Circa 1940s
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This Tiki soap die belonged to Ted Burbery, who co-owned New Plymouth's Crusader Soap Products in the 1940s and 1950s. The best known products that the company manufactured, in a factory on the edge of the Waiwhakaiho River near Devon Street, were Tiki Soap and Fairy Wonder Soap. The factory also sold soda crystals to local dairy factories for them to sterilise their vats and they made bone dust by grinding down bones collected from local butchers to make fertiliser. It closed in the mid 1950s when competition became too tough.
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