Bakelite Bracelets

I knew a little bit about Bakelite. I knew it was one of the first plastics and it was developed in the early 1900’s (as it turns out 1907). I knew it was used as insulation material and a lot of consumer goods. What I did not know was that it was developed by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland. I had always assumed the name came from how it was produced (baked??) but never thought it was named after someONE. Love that.

I love vintage shopping. One of the things I look for often is napkin rings and scarf/belt rings and there are some really nice bakelite ones out there. The prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, however. I keep an eBay watch for them, too. (And I’ve bought some nice scarf/belt rings that are waiting for the right project.)

I don’t buy bangles but I do love to see them, so I keep a search open for that, too.

Anyway, I took this pic of bakelite bracelets at a huge show we went to recently because it was so organized. The other thing I noted at this show was that at least 10 dealers had huge bracelet displays. And, oddly, I’ve seen fewer and fewer on eBay lately.

I think the dealers bought them all up. And now, there’s a glut in the marketplace.

My guess is that pricing is going to drop substantially and soon.

I could be wrong. But if you love bakelite bangles, keep your eyes open.

3 thoughts on “Bakelite

      1. i collect Australian bakelite…particularly domestic items…so yes, will keep an eye out and follow your blog avidly. i think perhaps you’re being modest with your ‘ok’ record….

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