Early Bakelite Cherries Necklace Red Bark Pendant Ladder Red Green Pattern
This cherry necklace is splendid, done in a festoon styling with the strands of dark and olive green beads separated with red oblong ones on the sides, making for a ladder look. The single strand back makes it easy to wear. Carved Bakelite, like the wood bark pendant on this necklace, as well as the veins running down each cherry, was first put into use in 1925. But it wasn't until 1935 that the plastic jewelry industry transformed from carved streamline deco to figural themes, such as fruit. The cherries were among the first on the scene, and were extremely popular, as they are even today. They sold kits in which a women could make up her own design. Judging from the fact that we've never seen another like this, we are guessing this is a sample of such.
The necklace length is 20 inches and is in very good condition other than the green wrap on the cherry stems and leaves has worn away. There are two ways around this customary problem if its something that bothers you. The string can be painted with green water color paint, or they can be wrapped with green floral tape. Either are rather simple fixes.