Cameos have always been a favorite over the centuries and this '30s-'40s inspired rendition keeps the tradition alive. An ivory colored celluloid cameo in high relief captures a woman's detailed profile with elaborate hair style, replete with floral and foliage garlands. Her draped necklace also features blossoms and leafs. The oval cameo rests within a raised octagonal marbled toffee colored Bakelite slab affixed to a lined and crosshatched octagon butterscotch base. The three pieced pendant is suspended on a continuous (no catch) butterscotch colored celluloid link chain.
The necklace is a wearable 24 inches. Celluloid bail adds approximately 1 1/2 inch. Pendant portion measures 2 5/8 inches across with a 1/2 inch profile or height. Oval cameo is 44 millimeters x 37 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is approximately 40 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. The three pieces of plastic remain securely adhered. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Celluloid chain intact with no breaks or damage. Wonderful details, colors, marbling and crosshatching. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The 409 test we conducted indicated the toffee colored marbled section as Bakelite. Chain is celluloid. Cameo and base section are of an undetermined plastic. Perhaps celluloid and Lucite.
As expected the necklace is not signed. It's design, materials and construction suggest a 1930s-1940s vintage.
Make your cameo count. Let the oohs and aahs begin. From Cody's.
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Bakelite Octagon Cameo Pendant Necklace Celluloid Chain