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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This heavy Bakelite/Sterling silver bracelet fell out of an old sofa that had been left in my new house about 12 years ago! This 7" ladies bracelet is 1" wide and is completely intact. I love it's weight, detail, and patina. Besides the materials that it's made of, I know nothing else about it. Though I've searched high and low for more information on this piece, I have not found any to date. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Gee when I saw your post -- I thought it kinda looked like my single earring I have here. Pretty close to the same thing....WOW

      welcome also !!
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      That's quite a find! I think I'll start looking in old sofas next time I go to the thrift shops!
    3. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      I am 97.3% sure it's from Mexico.
    4. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      100% sure... Taxco, 1940's (probably)
    5. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      And I believe it is probably coral, and not bakelite.
    6. Cassandra Cassandra, 4 years ago
      Thanks for all the feedback so far! Yes, I agree that it's most likely Mexican. There are no makers marks, only a "Sterling Silver" stamp. Can carved coral be very shiny, with no scratches or wear showing after so many years? Though it's not apparent in the photos, the insets are very glossy and smooth. Does anyone have any idea of what its value may be?
    7. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      You can do a pin test for bakelite. Look it up. I thought maybe coral because I wasn't sure if the color shows true in the picture.
    8. renard50, 4 years ago
      Celiene is right it is Mexican silver the value is between $50 and $100. Lots of them in Ebay in silver and obsidian.
    9. Cassandra Cassandra, 4 years ago
      After performing all other recommended tests for Bakelite, I felt confident enough to attempt the "pin test" (though it's not recommended, especially for novices like me). The red insets passed all tests with flying colors, I'm glad to say! The color in the photos is fairly true, though in reality, I'd describe the insets as only a very slightly darker shade of red.
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Usually this style like Rose's earring used glass - 1940's I agree. Sometimes also sold as "red stone, or possibly coral". The possibly coral might react same as bakelite to your pin test. Whatever the red is enjoy this nice bracelet - lesson everyone to check every piece of furniture :-)
    11. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      love it.. lucky you for find it in an old sofa!!!
    12. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      Whatever the stone is... I just love the red. What an amazing find!
    13. Cassandra Cassandra, 4 years ago
      Though I haven't had time to get back and check this lovely site lately, I greatly appreciate your wonderful feedback, information, compliments and comments! I have a lot to think about before deciding what I am going to do with my bracelet, which I love, partly because of the way I acquired it, but mostly because of all the compliments that it receives. It's a real conversation starter! Again, thank you all!

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