Decorative Chrysanthemum Wall Accessory
Syroco Inc. (Syracuse Ornamental Company)
Vintage c.1962 production
Retro 1962 Danish Modern floral chrysanthemum wall hanging.
Molded hard plastic with 3D effect; giving a life like appearance to the white Chrysanthemum petals; chocolate light brown leaves and stems.
Back has wall hanger and "feet" to hold it out a little from the wall.
Stamped on the back:
Made in the U.S.A.
Measures approx. 18"H x 12"W and stands out from the wall approx. 2".
Very beautiful and in excellent condition! Please see pictures!
Founded in Syracuse, New York in 1890 by immigrant Adolph Holstein, the Syracuse Ornamental Company (Syroco) specialized in decorative wood carving, especially for the local residential market. Products included fireplace mantelpieces and other types of interior decoration popular in late Victorian homes. To meet increasing market demand and sales opportunities Holstein developed a material looked and felt like wood but that which could be shaped, allowing multiple pieces to be produced through a molding process. The new product, which combined wood pulp brought from the Adirondacks with flour as a binder and other materials to give it strength, was extruded and then cut to fit compression molds, which had were made from original carvings in real wood.
The process favored shallow molds with little undercutting, and this served well for the creation of a wide variety of "carved" relief work to be applied to different sorts of flat surfaces such as walls, furniture and caskets. Production of this new molded product, known as SyrocoWood, was the mainstay of the company's production through the 1940s. The finished material could be smoothed and varnished to look like wood, or it could be painted. Sales catalogues from the early 1900s through the 1920s offer hundreds of varieties of moldings, capitals, brackets, volutes, and reliefs of vases, garlands, cartouches, scrollwork, and other details in a variety of styles.
In the 1960s the company began to use injection molding for some of its products, but did not entirely abandon its old processes.
In 1965 the company was bought by Rexall Drug and Chemical Company (which soon changed its name to Dart Industries). Dart owned Tupperware, from which Syroco gained more knowledge of injection molding. It was sold several more times until its ultimate closing in 2007.