Gutta percha works: cutting machine

#Picture Number ST117

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of workers in a gutta percha works. Gutta percha is tree resin. They put blocks of resin in a cutting machine to produce shavings that will be boiled to remove impurities. Gutta percha was widely used in Victorian times for electric cable insulation, water pipes, and various industrial vessels, and to make furniture and ornaments.