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Big, Breathtaking Carved and Pierced Bakelite Dress Clip

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This is one of those great pieces of Bakelite that you keep pulling out of the drawer to look at because you can't help yourself. It's so large and unusual and... oh, that color! I'm hesitating somewhat at what I should call it. Some might call it vaseline, but I think it's a bit dark. It's not bright enough to call chartreuse. Not clear enough to call pear juice. But hold it to the light, and... wow! It lights up like a piece of stained glass with beautiful marbling and some very nice reddish oxidation developing at the edges and along the carved areas. The decoration is simple but just enough, with slash carving, a large opening cut out in the center and three small clear rhinestones. The silvertone clip is more ornate than most, which is nice to see. The clip measures 2 1/4" long x 1 5/8" at widest x 3/16" thick. It tests positive with 409.

The hardware has been re-glued. I can't tell if it was originally embedded or not, but it was glued when I bought it in 2003, and it came apart shortly after so I had to repair it. It has held together since and I have worn it without a problem, although I always take care when opening and closing the clip, just in case. The Bakelite is in excellent condition with just very minor patina. The odd marks and edge chips you see in the pics are for the most part the result of the carving process. There is a tiny bit of wear to the patina on the clip and slight darkening to the stones. This is all minor. The clip looks great on a cord as a choker or on a v-neck sweater. Tip: Protect your sweater from the clip's teeth by placing a cotton round (like the kind you use to remove makeup) between it and your sweater. It won't budge.

Big, Breathtaking Carved and Pierced Bakelite Dress Clip


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: Bakelite, plastic, rhinestones, metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 504 reviews
  • Favorited by: 175 people