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A beautiful mint green mottled Bakelite / Catalin bangle, Circa late 1930s 1940s. In excellent condition with no cracks, chips or damage. (Tested)

Bakelite and Catalin are both commonly referred to as Bakelite. Almost all of the coloured Bakelite jewellery that you see today is actually Catalin. Bakelite was generally only used for electrical appliances, handles on pots and coffee pots, etc. because it will not melt.
Bakelite is a thermoset plastic made out of formaldehyde, phenol and a filler to make the product stronger. Also because it has filler in it, once the first layer of Bakelite is destroyed it is impossible to restore to its original luster. True Bakelite was only made in two varying colors: brown and black. It could only be made in these two colors because of the extreme heat it endured while being cured.
Catalin is also a thermoset plastic made of formaldehyde and phenol with no fillers. Therefore it can be restored and reworked Catalin is usually very colourful and rarer pieces can be mottled, marbled or be striped / spotted with two or three colours. Over time Catalin develops a patina, adding character and a slight creaminess or yellowing to white pieces.
This lovely example is a 'mottled' or marbled effect in a mint green colour.

Bracelet will be carefully packed and posted with Royal Mail's Recorded Delivery Service.

Rare Mint Green Marbled Bakelite Bangle

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: Bakelite, Bakelite or Catalin
  • Ships from Carrickfergus, United Kingdom to select countries.
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