plastic button
A casein plastic button.

The reason for Charles Horner’s diversification into a material, products and a market apparently unrelated to its core business of jewellery, is not an obvious one. The newly named Dorcasine™ department may have been formed in the 1920s for use in their jewellery as well as for making artificial horn buttons and other mock horn products.

The Book Charles Horner of Halifax includes information on the relevant historical background, properties, casein products made and marketed by Horner, market competition, the manufacture of casein, and the associated Horner casein factories in York.

For more information about Charles Horner and the business, click on History

brooches showcard
A showcard of plastic brooches.