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 dangle loop design pair of earrings, circa 1930's, is a gorgeous butterscotch shade. From a delicate button top is fastened the dangle loop measuring 1 5/8" in diameter. The central circle of the loop is off-center making the loop narrow at the top and gradually widening toward the base. The earrings measure 2 3/8" in length and have snug silver-tone clip-style closures. Wonderful vintage condition with no damages. Unmarked as to maker.

ITEM ID
RL0005001
TYPE
Costume
ITEM SIZE
2 3/8" in length
ITEM TYPE
Vintage
MATERIAL
Bakelite

Brys Antiques

Vintage Butterscotch Bakelite "Dangle Loop" Clip-Style Earrings

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