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Solid Detroit Agate / Fordite Polished Display Specimen  Early 1960's Material  (suzybones)

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A piece of Automotive History

Solid Fordite specimen, known locally as Detroit Agate. Not an agate at all, though, merely a happy accident! The original material was created many years ago at the Ford Rouge Plant just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Layer upon layer, paint over-spray built up on metal racks that transported new car bodies through the paint shop, and into the oven, where each coat was baked hard.
This mirror polished specimen was chipped off the paint line approximately 50 years ago!

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Fordite is some pretty cool stuff! For those of us who grew up in the 60's around Detroit, almost all of our fathers worked for one of the auto makers, or one of their suppliers. Once in a while dad would chip off a bit of the paint build-up and fashion it into a little heart or some other little trinket, and bring it home to mom, or one of the kids. People of a certain age around here still treasure these little tokens. We have feelers out to many old auto workers, and occasionally we get lucky and find someone who brought home a bucket of this colorful treasure.

Solid Detroit Agate / Fordite Polished Display Specimen Early 1960's Material (suzybones)


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  • Material: genuine detroit fordite
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