Syroco mid century wall clock
"Syrocco" or, more commonly, "Syroco," is the term applied to a molded material resembling carved wood that was invented and first implemented by Adolph Hostein, owner of the Syracuse Ornamental Company in the 1890s. The material is a combination of a wood compound and casting fluids that were then poured into molds. The finished casting appears to be hand carved. The Syracuse Ornamental Company became Syroco, Inc., in the 1930s. By the 1940’s, other companies such as Multi Products were producing Syrocco products. The Syracuse Ornamental Company produced many products for the home including ashtrays, decorative architectural moldings and very sought after cork screws."