Antique and antique Bakelite jewelry, in addition to all ancient and antique plastics, including celluloid, lucite, Bakelite, kitchenware, silverware, utensils, and collectibles, have gained significant respect and are increasingly sought after each time. year as all generations are collecting more.
Many people don’t realize how many objects in their home when they were little were made of Bakelite and Lucite. Kitchen clocks, that plastic radio that played all the time, silverware and utensil handles, egg beaters, ice cream spoons, sugar bowl lids, can openers, pot handles, and much more. more were made of Bakelite and Lucite. Even the phones were made of Bakelite. The marriage of Bakelite and Lucite was showcased in two-tone silverware and costume jewelery and is not limited to solids alone. A variety of patterns such as checkerboards, dots, animals, pearl designs, end of the day were produced in a wide range of colors. Spoons with bakelite handles are the hardest to find, as boxed bakelite flatware sets were mostly sold with just forks and knives for picnics and lunches. If you can, take a look at the kitchen and jewelry box of grandmothers or moms. I bet you will find a wonderful collectible Bakelite that you have never noticed before.
Plastics like Bakelite were manufactured primarily to provide the public with less expensive items, especially during the hardships of World War II. Unbelievably, plastics like celluloid have been around since the 19th century!
Celluloid was invented by John Wesley Hyatt in 1869 and was used extensively in 1890-1917 throughout the Victorian era, Art Nouveau, and parts of the Art Deco period. Because celluloid is highly flammable, manufacturing was for a limited time and was discontinued until safer plastics were introduced, making vintage and vintage celluloid jewelry highly collectible today.
Bakelite, on the other hand, cannot be melted. It is one of the first polymeric plastics made from a phenol formaldehyde resin invented by Leo Hendrik Baekeland in 1907 while trying to invent a varnish.
Be kind to your Bakelite and wash them by hand. A dishwasher will ruin the finish. Always buy what you love and get creative with All Vintage Plastics. Display your bakelite, celluloid, lucite and jewelry brooches in a lucite box in your living room as a conversation piece. Style your kitchen with vintage Bakelite cookware, cookware and appliances for a fantastic vintage look. And always buy from reputable and knowledgeable dealers.