VINTAGE BAKELITE BLACK SWAN WITH WHITE EYE DEEP CARVED BROOCH/PIN TESTED. Extremely nice vintage condition with no cracks or chips. A brooch/pin is a wonderful addition of whimsey to whatever you are accessorizing and can be worn for any occasion.... Put it on a coat; use it to keep a scarf from flying open; wear on a shirt or lapel. What makes this pin so special is the deep carving out of the swan and the attention to detail.It works with absolutely anything! A brooch/pin is a wonderful addition of whimsey. To whatever you are accessorizing and can be worn for any occasion.... If a Q-Tip turns yellow after testing, the piece is genuine Bakelite. For Black Bakelite, you have to run it under hot water, rub it and then smell it. If it smells of formaldehyde, it is real Bakelite. My research has produced the following information.
Leo Beakeland (1863 -1944), a Belgian who had moved to America, was the inventor of Bakelite. Made by the condensation of phenol and formaldehyde in the presence of a catalyst, it was used for everything from tools and telephones to jewelry. "Bakelite" is frequently used as a generic name for all phenol formaldehyde, including Catalin and Marblette, which came later and in a wider range of colors. Making Bakelite jewelry was at it's zenith from the late 1920s till the start of WWII in 1942, and even after Diane Von Furstenberg and Hattie Carnegie, among others, leant their names to this wonderful jewelry.The sophisticated Deco and machine age look of some of the pieces made them fashion-forward. Smoke and pet free home. Once a piece leaves, I never, ever want to see it again! I hope each item I sell from my own life will spark joy in the next owner's life.
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