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quirky bakelite necklace, art deco maybe?
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Posted by: sammitenn Post Reply
03/29/2018, 02:46:26

Hi all, please take a look at this wonderful necklace made from phenolic plastic and faux, glass pearls, the beads are threaded on a chain which closes with a barrel clasp. on the clasp it says FRANCE but the other marks are illegible, Im assuming they might have been a makers mark.

What say you to the age I was thinking 20's- 30's?????

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Have you tested the plastic pieces?
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
03/29/2018, 12:28:30

They could be Galalith or Celluloid instead of Bakelite. Galalith in particular was used for a lot of French costume jewelry in the interwar period, and was in use before Bakelite, in the period 1895 onwards.

Hard to tell what color the plastic curved pieces are - are they black, or translucent?



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Re: Have you tested the plastic pieces?
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Posted by: Sammitenn Post Reply
03/30/2018, 05:43:06

The plastic bits are green, I have done the hot water test and they smell like phenolic resin as a posed to either celluloid or casein. What do you think of the age?



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The interwar period seems likely
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
03/30/2018, 10:18:49

Iím not a costume jewelry expert, so thatís a guess.

Also -from what Iíve read, there were still many Bakelite articles being made after WWII, with the steep decline (in favor of other plastics like Lucite) starting about 1960, when major phenolic resin factories began shutting down.

Thereís an assumption, which I believe is correct, that during the war, production of luxury goods like costume jewelry (and also trade beads of various kinds) in Europe either ceased or was reduced drastically. However I also think that once the war ended, there could have been a large spike in production due to pent-up demand, and the desire to start earning income as fast as possible. There may have been unused stock from pre-1940 that was put into post-1945 items.

Just some hypotheses on my part...



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Re: Have you tested the plastic pieces?
Re: Have you tested the plastic pieces? -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Sammitenn Post Reply
03/30/2018, 05:43:35

The plastic bits are green, I have done the hot water test and they smell like phenolic resin as a posed to either celluloid or casein. What do you think of the age?



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What a great necklace!
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Posted by: lindabd Post Reply
03/30/2018, 07:24:21



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It really is very beautiful.
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Posted by: Frederick II Post Reply
03/30/2018, 13:47:38

The faux baroque pearls and emerald green spacers are delicious but:

I find myself wondering about the large curved bits in front. Questioning because I do not recall seeing them from costume jewelry made prior to the 1980's.



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The form recalls Haskell tusk necklaces - I think from the 60s?
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03/31/2018, 12:11:55

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