Bakelite and celluloid are some of my favorite things to find at the flea market. Also, I like the ritual of smelling them under hot water :), of never being completely sure. But as long as I don’t plan to sell them, I don’t care so much if all of these pieces are really bakelite (celluloid is much easier to recognize) or just some other type of early plastic.
These pendants are all celluloid. The smallest one with the flower and the oval one with lots of flowers belonged to my mother in the sixties.
This pendant is reversed carved lucite mounted in silver. Also the brooch is from this material and technique, but I think the brooch is older.
This small cameo is bakelite. Not really my taste :), but still funny to have.
I’m not sure if I will wear this as a pendant, but it’s really nicely made with a soft texture. And it’s a lizard!
I have lots of brooches that are early plastic.The French celluloid one with the deer is really old, I have seen online similar ones dated as early 1900.
I have found this one in an old button tin.
All these are celluloid.
This huge brooch that is copying amber is lucite, with a very pretty depth to it.
I’m always looking at plastic bangles at the flea market. My favorite find is this celluloid snake from the 1920s.
These bangles are Chinese, copying cinnabar. I have different things with this pattern (a pendant, beads, clip on earrings). Although these are still produced in China, mine are older and they definitely smell like bakelite.
These are bakelite and celluloid.
I only have one bakelite ring, although I’m always looking for them.
Bakelite clip on earrings.
I keep all of these in pretty tins from the twenties.
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