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    Posted 3 years ago

    Elisabethan
    (197 items)

    Hand brooches deliver a message. In victorian times a hand holding a fan stood for flirtation. This brooch is made of some sort of early plastic. The brooch is very light weight, almost feels a bit like holding a larger macaroni :). The brooch is much more yellow in color than it shows in the photo.
    This brooch was probably made at the end of the victorian era (1900-1901) based on the fast that it's probably casein.

    Found this similarone online:
    http://www.morninggloryantiques.com/imagesLZ/Victorian/vict27251.jpg

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    1. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      Interesting Piece...Pretty Cool!!
    2. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 3 years ago
      Bakelite precursor to plastic possible.
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      celuloid?
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou for loving and liking this cecis, efesgirl, Nicefice, mikelv, Manikin, Geodejem, Ho2cultcha, vetraio and bladerunner.

      Thanks for coments and ideas Nicefice, Geodejem and Ho2cultcha. I'm not sure what kind of plastic it is. I doubt it's bakelite. Might be celluloid or casein?
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou martika, racer4four and Aura!
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou kyratango and Sean!
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou jscott and caperkid!
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
      Interesting, has a C clasp, which typically makes it an older piece, and the style as you say is Victorian. A molded plastic that looks fairly "soft" has to be kind of rare, no? I would not have said Bakelite as it would have yellowed. Maybe some sort of milk protein, casein, or Galalith, if you are in Europe. Beautiful brooch! :)
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Katherinescollection, thanks for taking the time to write and love this post. I agree it's not bakelite. Although the piece is yellow but it doesn't show in the photos. The plastic is thin and I think it's more brittle than soft. Feels like "food", like dryed pasta. I also think it's some kind of protein. They show a very similar one att morninggloryantiques.com.
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou also kyratango and Trey!
    11. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
      Well it is a beautiful brooch, just my sort of style! :)
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou Katherine :)!!
      Also thanks Sean!
    13. Bettyb00 Bettyb00, 3 years ago
      I love this!
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou bettyb00!
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Thankyou newtimes, agram, manikin, freyheit, and ho2cultcha!
    16. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 2 years ago
      Vegetable "Ivory"
      I used to collect buttons (antique) and this is what we called it. I am NOT saying that your pin is made of it, because VI is a bit yellower. Many small things were made from it--but buttons looked less smoothly formed than your pretty item. You can look up "vegetable ivory" at Google and maybe they show vintage buttons, etc. made with it.
    17. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 2 years ago
      Looking at it again--I see that the back looks machine formed--so scratch Vegetable Ivory ( made from some kind of nut) as a suggestion! Not!
    18. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 2 years ago
      An early use of vegetable ivory, attested from the 1880s, was the manufacture of buttons. Rochester, NY was a center of manufacturing where the buttons were "subjected to a treatment which is secret among the Rochester manufacturers", presumably improving their "beauty and wearing qualities."[2]

      Vegetable ivory is naturally white with a fine marbled grain structure. It can be dyed; dying often brings out the grain. It is still commonly used in buttons, jewelry, and artistic carving.
    19. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thankyou for ideas postcardcollector. I know about vegetable ivory. By now I'm pritty sure this brooch is made of casein, a milkprotein based early plastic.
    20. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thankyou everyone!!

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