Legend has it that jewelry manufacturers were looking for a new source of material during WWII. Their normal materials, silver, gold, tin, etc. were in short supply because of the war effort. As a result, they happened upon lucite, using the scraps that were left from the manufacture of airplane windshields. I don't know how true it is, but it would explain why the material was used so much during the 40's, during the war, and in the 50's when there may have been a surplus of material. Lucite and hand-carved wood were often used together.
This unique piece certainly dates from that period. The body of the cello is a single carved piece of lucite. The f holes have been reverse carved into the back of the piece. The fingerboard and scroll are of carved wood. Small nails are used for the turning pegs. The strings are formed by wire that has been fed through a hole in the back, wrapped around a pair of nails and pulled through the hole again.
The piece is in very good condition with some very light scuffing on the lucite. The clasp is in good working order, but does have some rust. The pin stem also shows some discoloration and the clasp as a hole has some slight discoloration.
The pin is 3-3/4" high by 1-1/2" wide.
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