Between 1907 and 1909, Dr. Leo H. Baekeland was conducting experiments to create a varnish. He was using phenol and formaldehyde, generally with a wood flour filler, and put the mixture under heat and pressure. He accidentally discovered bakelite. It was the first plastic made from synthetic polymers.
As costume jewelry, bakelite had its biggest boom in the 1930's during the Great Depression. It was used to imitate tortoiseshell, coral, amber, ivory and other costly materials. It was attractive to all levels of incomes, including the very rich.
This lovely Bakelite bangle bracelet, circa 1930-1940, is a gorgeous shade of pea soup green. The interior measures the standard 2 1/2" across, while the bracelet is 7/16" in width and 3/16" thick. Great vintage condition with no damages; light scratches from years of loving enjoyment. A great piece for your collection or to wear.
Vintage 1930-1940 Pea Soup Green Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
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