Bakelite Native American Indian Totem Pole Brooch Carved and Painted Book Piece
The cowboy and Indian Western movies of the 1930s and 40s were so popular their influence was felt even in the fashion world. Women loved the cheery colors of carved Bakelite that was painted up to depict Western motif. This 3.25 inch brooch is a very rare find that is patterned after the Native American Indian totem pole. Most collectors who are fortunate to have one in their personal collection don't let them go. Book value is $2000-$3000. We also have the one the author refers to in her book and was not able to locate. Ask if interested.
So, which came first, the carved wood figural jewelry or the carved Bakelite? According to Schiffer's book Wooden Jewelry and Novelties, the raw materials used in manufacturing plastics was dwindling as it was used for provisions for the troops during the war years. So the bright and witty designs of Bakelite came first, and were so delightful they were extensively repeated in novelty wood creations. Wooden brooch shown has sold.
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