Advertisement in New Zealand’s Wellington Evening Post, January 1942
“Nugget” Khaki Cleaner
Registered trade mark “Kharkene.”
The superior cleaner for khaki webbing military equipment. “Nugget” Khaki Cleaner is a liquid cleaner and WILL NOT RUB OFF. On sale everywhere in pots complete with sponge.

and

KHARKENE is the registered trade mark of “Nugget” Khaki Cleaner made specially for Khaki Webbing Military Equipment. A liquid cleaner that WILL NOT RUB OFF. On sale everywhere in convenient pots, complete with sponge.

kharkene ad wellington evening post January 1942


Kharkene Buff
Kharkene Buff
Photos: Martyn Hillyard

The New Zealand 1942 adverts of the liquid Kharkene make play of the Nugget trade name, very well known in that part of the world of course. However, the block Kharkene product illustrated is not branded Nugget but ‘from the makers of Cherry Blossom’. Chiswick Polish Co, the owners of the Cherry Blossom brand, had entered into trading arrangements with Nugget Polish Company in 1919, formalised into a full amalgamation ten years later. This being the case, until more cross referencing information come to light, it is not possible to accurately date the illustrated box except to say it is after 1917, the date when numerals were added to London postal districts.

On the label

“KHARKENE” Buff
for cleaning and renovating
Khaki Equipment, helmets etc
Prepared by the Makers of Cherry Blossom Boot Polish
Chiswick, London, W4, England
“KHARKENE”
for Buff khaki-coloured Equipment


Kharkene
Kharkene webbing cleaner
Photos: Richard Giles

This varient of Kharkene is of the standard Khaki shade. Interestingly it varies from the box illustrated previously by the omission of reference to Cherry Blossom and the addition of the reference to the overseas division of Chiswick. This company disappeared on the takeover by Reckitt’s in 1953 and had probably been formed on the full merger of Nugget in 1929. The block shape and design is a complete copy of Joseph Pickering’s Blanco

On the label

“KHARKENE”
for cleaning and renovating
Khaki Equipment, helmets etc
The Chiswick Polish Co (Overseas) Ltd.,
Chiswick, London, W4, England
“KHARKENE”
for khaki-coloured Equipment
Directions for use
Brush off all dirt from article to be cleaned, rub a piece of wet sponge over the surface of the block until a creamy liquid is obtained, then apply evenly, allow to dry, afterwards brushing off all superfluous dressing.


This KG3 version of this product was available in 1943 and was on the list of approved products in the 1943 Home Guard regulations when KG3 was universally adopted as the only official equipment cleaner colour.



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