This is one for the books! As long-time Bakelite collectors/dealers, we can attest to the rarity of this old Bakelite pin.
The color is one you don't often see. It's a shade of cinnamon / russet / carnelian / reddish brown and it's beautiful, especially with the extensive and intricate carving.
The large pin measures 3 1/2 by 2 inches. It's 1/4 inch thick. The deep floral carving covers almost the entire surface. Flowers and leaves are carved and polished so that they rise and shine against the recessed matte background. A thin brass chain frames the Bakelite. The chain is attached at each corner.
The pin back is smooth and polished. The original 2-piece imbedded closure is still working securely with a rollover clasp. In examining the pin closely with a jeweler's loupe, we see a small hairline crack on the back at the pin edge. It was probably caused when it was made with the imbedded pin causing it. It's not a distraction and doesn't effect the pin's function or the Bakelite's integrity. Slight age tarnish to chain edge but overall, this pin is a Bakelite lover's jackpot.
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