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trunkman's loves499 of 4166 Barbie Sister "Skipper" By Mattel Circa 1964large antique travel trunk  G24.
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    Posted 4 years ago

    Efesgirl
    (1013 items)

    I bought this off a guy who has bought things from me...and usually comes sniffing around for a big discount. I spotted this brooch among the many things he had on the table. He thought it was a mosquito...yaaaaah...!!! Date wise, it is probably 1930s or 1940s.

    Please reference davyd286's comment below.

    I have now realized that it's Bakelite, not stone. That's even better.

    Thanks for looking!
    ~Bonnie~

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    Comments

    1. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      Love it. You lucky girl, again!!
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      This is great Bonnie......the first thing that came to mind was" Bee on Honey"!!
      I really, really love it!!!
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Yes! agree with Judy - bee on honey! It's stone and not bakelite?
    4. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      This is just awesome Bonnie. Fantastic buy!
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      val - Bakelite? I didn't even think about it. I took another look and it sure does seem to be Bakelite. It feels warm.
      Whaddaya know...changed my info!
      Thanks!
    6. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Wow!!! You scored again!
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Yes - bee on honey. Very sweet. Originally the color was probably a very light honey. Is there also green?
    8. davyd286, 4 years ago
      It's French and quite uncommon. Several French makers mounted Bakelite on brass, you probably know Jean Painleve who made seahorses, other makers made lizards, dragons, frogs, and apparently, bees (seahorse jewelry is often signed by JHP, but other critters are not, so probably, not his). I think I remember one jewelry book categorizing them as Czech but most authors and sellers attribute the origin to France.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      And I think metal with bakelite was most used in France, England and Germany, correct davy?
    10. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Amazing piece - colour is gorgeous.
    11. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      davy - I've never seen a brooch like this one. I looked up Jean Painleve and was surprised to see how much my brooch resembles his jewelry. Thank you so much for the great information~!!
    12. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 4 years ago
      What a great brooch!
    13. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      A big THANKS to everyone!!
    14. davyd286, 4 years ago
      Val, I associate this particular style of jewelry with a chunk of Bakelite mounted on flat brass with France, and Jacob Bengel - style jewelry with Bakelite beads brings to mind Germany. Have not seen many English pieces - do you have any examples (or links) to share?
    15. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Gorgeous treasure !~
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Hi davy - just looked at bakelite posts again today because I posted some new items. No I don't have online links, my computer can't handle too much searching LOL - mainly going from research books and sellers over the years of asking about old plastics.
    17. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      I'd love to see it with the bee cleaned! That a lot of accumulated dust around him.
    18. Karenoke Karenoke, 4 years ago
      Not only is this brooch very neat and beautiful, this post is yet another great learning one for me. Thanks for sharing!

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