|Phenolic resin plus fish scales or powdered mica|
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As detailed in my 2016 article on the subject of phenolic resin beads (see the Articles page here on BCN), there were over 70 "turnery" products made from phenolic resin that would have been suitable for bead-making by the 1930s. Faturan was only one of these products. Faturan may have been one of the earliest phenolic resins that were produced shortly after Bakelite was commercialized in 1910. I have one mention that dates to 1913. I will be publishing a short article summarizing what I've found about Faturan in the near future.
Bottom line - these are likely phenolic resin beads from the interwar time frame (Late 1910s - about 1940) but they could be even earlier. There is no way to determine if they were made of the Faturan brand of resin. I have several similar beads and the inclusion are fairly uniform so I think they are fish scales instead of powdered mica. One of these days I may sacrifice one to a fracture test and see if I can tell more about the inclusions.
Good find by the way!!
PS can you get anything from reaming the hole and checking the odor of the sawdust?