Extraordinarily celebrated during the 1920's and 30's this large butterscotch red injected bakelite cuff is one great example of the fun, decor and style of the period. The butterscotch was lightly carved to accommodate the huge red oval dot. Bracelets with dots were highly sought after and prized for their contrasting color and drama. The bracelet is from my private collection of bakelite. It makes perfect traveling jewelry especially to warm climates where you will appreciate the color and ease of wear.
This cuff will fit a wrist sized 6 to 6 1/2, The inner dimension is 2 1/4. The height is 1 1/4 inches. It is completely curved and as a thermoset resin, is strong and durable. The condition is excellent.
Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York, began making bakelite in 1910 for commercial purposes. Eleven years earlier he invented Velox photographic paper. His invention was historic as it was the beginning of the age of plastic. His journals noting his step by step invention are in the Smithsonian.
Bakelite is strong and durable as it is thermoset. It was put to use in the electric, automotive and household industry. It came in every color imaginable. There are beautifully shaped and colored radios made from this material that are highly desirable as well as collectible handbags. From the Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Vintage Deco Large Bakelite Cuff with Enormous Red Dot
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