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Rowland's Macassar Oil

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of Hatton Garden, London.

Made by A. Rowland and Sons.

The term antimacassar was derived from this product. People with Rowlands Macassar Oil in their hair would leave an oily stain on the backs (and often arm rests) of chairs, so the linen or cotton cloth draped over the chairs became known as the antimacassar.

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