BAKELITE NAPKIN RINGS ART DECO

elegance

elegance

1930’s bakelite napkin rings, just stunning deep green color. Fact! The napkin ring, occasionally called a serviette ring, was originally used to identify the napkins of a household between weekly wash days. Napkin rings are an invention of the European bourgeoisie, first appearing in France about 1800 and soon spreading to all countries in the western world. Most 19th century napkin rings were made of silver or silver plate, but others were made in bone, wood, pearl embroidery, porcelain, glass, and other materials. In the 20th century bakelite and other new materials were used.

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1930’s BAKELITE ART DECO BRACELETS

VOGUE READY

VOGUE READY

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These are wonderful 1930’s bakelite bracelets. Bakelite is probably the most collectible — and valuable — plastic in existence today. Bakelite was discovered in 1909 by a New York chemist, Belgian-born Dr. Leo Hendrik Baekeland, the son of a shoemaker. In the 1920s, production began on bakelite jewelry ; the colorful pieces were attractive and affordable to those affected by the Great Depression. They could be produced in various colors, but the most common were yellow, butterscotch, red, green and brown.

1900 ART NOUVEAU STERLING SILVER OPAL JEWELRY MONEY CLIP

Art Nouveau Period

Art Nouveau Period

1900 early sterling silver brown opal money clip. The art nouveau style is one of my favorite periods and designs next to art deco.   The money clip is a fashion accessory for a male wearer. There is not much history to the money clip due to currency was mostly coin during the times, there is evidence dating back during China’s Han Dynasty in 118 BCE, original lightweight bank notes were made of leather.

1920’s DECO RED BAKELITE PURSE HANDBAG

Ready for the night

Ready for the night

This is a wonderful 1920’s bakelite ladies handbag. It’s elegance is what ladies looked for when going out making a statement.   One of the first plastics made from synthetic components, Bakelite was used for its electrical and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, jewelry, handbags, pipe stems, firearms, and children’s toys. There is a large collectors market for items made of bakelite.

1900 VICTORIAN ART DECO NOUVEAU CAMEO PIN

Cameo%20pin%20smallA wonderful early 1900 Victorian hand carved cameo pin with 14kt gold setting and small diamond chip.  It is very detailed and quality piece.  History of the cameo:  Cameos are works of miniature sculptured art in shell, stone, glass and other materials. Their original purpose is lost in history, with the original intent of individual pieces known only to the craftsmen who carved them. What is known is that of the countless ancient examples of the sculptor’s and carver’s craft, none offers such a unique window through which to view the cultural past. emperors have commissioned them, kings have acquired them, and at least since the fourth century B.C. collectors have cherished them.   Cameos reveal the manners, customs, philosophies, historic events, and social occasions that have marked our past. The ancient cameos, like fine art and sculpture, were intended as statements. Only in the last few hundred years has the significance eroded as cameos began to depict endless profiles—of vapid females