Dia-Lynn Pastoral Company Farm Sign

A COTTON BOLL is the main feature on this sign and it says without words exactly what the people at Dia-Lynn are all about. Cotton in Australia has an interesting history, ever since the First Fleet brought cotton seeds down under in 1788. It wasn’t that much later (1830) that the first shipment of cotton was exported to England (admittedly, this was only three bags, but it was an accomplishment nonetheless.) In 1857, when the American Civil War affected cotton production in the north, Australia tried to fill the gap, and the industry peaked by the 1870’s, falling again as world prices declined. With ups and downs over the decades, including large irrigation projects put in place such as Keepit , Burrendong and Copeton Dams as well as the worst drought in 100 years from 2002 to 2004 and world cotton prices reaching their lowest level in 30 years, the industry has had its challenges, but continues to bounce back. In 2010/2011 a record crop of 4.1 million bales were produced after almost a decade of drought.

Almost all parts of the cotton plant are used for one thing or another including the main fiber, seed, linters (small bits that cling to the seed after being ginned), stalks and seed hulls. The cotton lint is spun and then either woven or knitted into fabric. About 60% of the world’s cotton is used for clothing, while the rest is used in multitudes of ways. Th e fiber can also be used for fishnets, book binding and car tire cord. Cottonseed is crushed for oil and used in soap, margarine, cosmetics, rubber, paint, candles and waterproofing to name just a few. Linters are used for bandages, x-rays, bank notes, and cellulose plastics.

The cotton boll on this sign was hand sculpted and painted, while the text was hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold leaf. Made of high density urethane (HDU) the sign will outlast wood for many years, since it is waterproof and insect-proof.

Carved & Gilded / Flat Painted
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
24 " x 22 "