This is a Art Deco rose gold copper, red galalith linked bracelet measuring 7 3/4" long. The link on one end is missing a little folding link but this does not wearability of the piece. I received this from a British estate with a lot of Jacob Bengel pieces. This rose gold copper metal was a special alloyed mixture made in the Art Deco period, to be a gold substitute. The red galalith has it's telltale sour milk smell just by rubbing it a little. A rare piece at a good price.
*Galalith (milk stone) or Casein (sometimes called French Bakelite) is a registered trade mark, patented in the 1890's in Bavaria. Mostly produce in Europe during the first part of the 20th century, this semi-synthetic plastic (Casein is the generic name), is made from skimmed milk curdled with rennet. Cured by long immersion in formaldehyde, it became a useful thermosetting material, which can be carved or embossed in beautiful patterns. It's color doesn't change over time. The colors you can find are mostly plain opaque colors, sometimes with marbling or translucency. Galalith pieces are machined, sanded or hand-finished and therefore there should be no marks left on them (in opposition to cheap mass produced plastics), so all pieces are seamless and this material belonging to the plastic family such as Bakelite, or Celluloid or Lucite is considered to be a top quality chunky plastic. Galalith is impossible to test like genuine American Bakelite because the chemical composition is : milk protein hardened with formaldehyde. Tests for Bakelite are testing the phenol component of the material which is nonexistent in Galalith (replace by milk protein). It can be tested by detecting a sour milk or wet wool scent with a little bit of moisture applied, with care, to the item.
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