Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
The owner had tried to ID it by burning and sanding off various spots on the surface, making it look rather gnarly. The untouched beads had smoother surfaces and a uniform color. This is the bead he sent me though. I fractured it and observed the pale fibrous structure of horn in the interior. Hot pin tests gave the typical burning keratin odor.
The owner had a large strand of these and so could spare one.
Iíve seen other horn beads mis-repped as phenolic resin, and have bought some so I could examine them, so this bead didnít surprise me. Some horn beads are very nice and shaped like old phenolic beads. Iíll show some photos tomorrow.
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