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Posted 2 years ago

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lisad
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HELP.... I WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT THIS BRACELET THIS WEEKEND ... CONCERNING THE INSIDE DIAMETER MEASUREMENT. I WAS TOLD THAT TRUE 1930'S BAKELITE IS ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE 2 AND 1/2 INCHES IN DIAMETER. THIS BRACELET IS 1 AND 9/16 INCHES WIDE PASSES THE 409 TEST NOT SURE WHAT FORMALDAHYDE SMELLS LIKE BUT I SMELLED SOMETHING WHEN I DID THE HOT WATER TEST. THE INSIDE MEASUREMENT OF THIS BRACELET IS..... A WHOPPING 2 AND 3/4 INCHES.

IS THERE A CERTAIN MEASUREMENT FOR 1930'S BAKELITE BRACELETS. THERE IS NO CHALKINES AT THE TOP OF THE CARVINGS.

I AM SO CONFUSED...

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  1. Newtimes Newtimes, 2 years ago
    No there are no special measurements for 1930's bakelite.
    I have lots of bakelite bracelets, some are very wide, some only fit a small wrist.
    In fact, I do own a bracelet that only fits a child and that is from the 1930's.
    The diameter depends on the tube the bakelite bracelet was made of. And there were many different colors and diameters in use.
    So this bracelet could be the real thing.
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    I agree - no set measurement for 1930's bakelite. This looks real to me. In the past 5 years (or more) lots of great fakelite was available - I can think of JCPenney and Forever 21 - and those were at least 2 1/2" or more inside measurement - sorta a "one size fits all" item. If you are trying to sell this as bakelite - ask another bakelite vendor's opinion. Invest in simichrome - which isn't perfect, but a good testing solution.
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    They are crazy! Makes no sense at all. I am with Newtimes here for sure
  4. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Its clearly Bakelite, whoever told you that must not be very knowledgable. I honestly wouldn't bother to buy Simichrome though, the smell test has worked fine for me all my life and you can do it in the field. Formaldehyde has a very distinct smell, if you've ever dissected animals in science class, you'll recognize it.
  5. lisad, 2 years ago
    hi, thank you for clearing up my mystery. i have a question, what about the 409 test, is the 409 today the same that was before the antibacterial 409 ?

    grrrr....bakelite

    tried to sell it today for $50 bucks, key word is tried. glad i didnt in a way i know its worth more than $50.
    i guess i should mark this mystery as solved.

    any one know anything about miriam haskell?
  6. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    409 is the same as Simichrome, but sometimes its not very deffinitive for a certain reason. Just rub it with your thumb and smell, much more accurate.

    If you want to learn about Miriam Haskell, Google is a great resource
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    By the way - using Ebay as a research tool is helpful to search a bracelet similar to yours -(if you have the time!) - but there are many items claiming to be bakelite. I have some beautiful carved bracelets from Bullocks 1990 that are being passed off as bakelite right now on Ebay. I know what they are and would not try to sell them as bakelite - however they are very good quaility resins and are worth money - but not bakelite prices. That's why I suggest talking w/other bakelite sellers and doing the rub & smell, simichrome or 409 tests. Your customers may be bakelite experts and know much more than you or I do so it's good to do your research.
  8. decodeb, 2 years ago
    Hi, valentino97 has given good advice, it's hard to know true bakelite smell if you haven't anything genuine to check against as many resins have strong smells too. Colour of this piece looks right, but there's something about the carving of the leaves...I have many genuine carved bakelite bangles and none have this type of sharp-edged gouged outline carving - the gouge carved ones are all a bit more rounded off in the polishing process, not such defined edges. Though maybe I just don't have on of those yet....
  9. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Eh, it doesn't really matter if its technically a slightly different resin, if it smells like camphor, its Bakelite. Who is going to know the difference, or care?

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