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Beautiful, rarer than rare apple juice bakelite...

Bakelite is a phenolic resin - a distillate of coal tar and formaldehyde. Leo Baekeland discovered it when he was looking for a substitute for shellac - using money he made selling the patent for photographic paper to Eastman Kodak! It hit big in the 20s and 30s - a thermoset plastic (didn't change when heated). Carved pieces were usually done so by hand. Most of what we call bakelite is actually Catalin - invented later in a wider variety of colors - still a phenolic resin.

As always, original bakelite bangles are 2.5" across - modern hands sometimes need a nylon or plastic bag to help it slide on!

Tests with simichrome. Near perfect condition, tiny marks here & there show use - no cracks or chips. It is 1.5 inches wide!

Another piece from 80 year old collector - this is one of her babies - it is priced for its rarity. Photo #5 shows selection of incredible pieces she is currently selling with me - please check other listings.

In this case, item would be Fedexed with all the trimmings.
Anna Lou Bogaard Hazen

Apple Juice Bakelite Bangle Bracelet Rare Wide Carved 罕見的美國雕刻蘋果汁膠木手鐲1930

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: bakelite, early plastic
  • Ships worldwide from Florida, United States
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