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    Posted 4 years ago

    Elisabethan
    (270 items)

    I found these bangles a the salvationarmy for about 2 dollars each. They are of wonderful quality and great condition.
    The weight, the legendary bakelite sound and the carving tells me it´s bakelite, but I can´t feel a bakelite smell ?! Anyone who has experienced the same ? The larger carved bangle is 2,5 cm (0.98 inch) and the other is 1.5 cm (0.59 inch). The carved one has a weight of 50 grams.

    Bakelite or galalith? Who knows :) but for sure these are early plastic bangles in great vintage condition and they make a wonderful sound on my arm.

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    Comments

    1. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      I have an identical one. The exact size, color, pattern. I am confused as well.. Simichrome test showed no Bakelite.
    2. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Yes Lentika but some say that test doesn't always work on black bakelite, but I don't know if that's true. I have no other black piece to compare with.
      I wish you could post your bangle on CW, I would enjoy to see it.
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou jscott, Efesgirl, mikelv, aura and vetraio for loving this post!
    4. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Nice! Waiting for Valentino's opinion, I'm gessing galalith. :-)
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou, I already have Valentinos opinion but I'll let her speak for herself :) after all she's the Queen of bakelite and vintage plastics dear Valentino.
    6. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      I will post a photo of it tomorrow then.
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou lentilka :) great!
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou CindB, sklo42 and Valentino :)
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      What a great purchase - these are very nice!! I have trouble testing most of my black bakelite. Sometimes the rub test will give you a chemical smell, but if it doesn't? Even using simichrome hasn't worked every time.

      Which brings us to Kyra's comment about galalith: even older plastic than bakelite. Galalith plasticis were first shown at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900 (has a milk base protein combining casein and formaldehyde). Galalith is a very stable plastic and the only difference I've noticed is that it doesn't have the same nice shine years later or hard surface that bakelite has. Just my opinion collecting old plastics.

      Back to these - very nice finds!! How exciting to get these for $2!! Always best to have black :-)
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou Valentino, I like these they are very wearable and in good condition. Looks great with other vintage bangles I have.
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      ...and yes it's strange they don't have the smell of bakelite. It's ok if these are not bakelite, but it gives me a problem with future reference when I try to detect bakelite from other plastics if these are not bakelite. Because then I have found bangles with the typical bakelite sound but of some other material...oh no...
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      You found some wonderful bracelets - Bakelite or Galalith? wonderful vintage plastic, very special!
    13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou Val, I'm glad I found them before somebody else did :)
    14. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      I showed these to Gloria Valentino, and she loves them! Bakelite or Galalith? Way over my head :-)
    15. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      Sorry Elisabethan, I had Valentino in mind after seeing her comment :-)
    16. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Rick - bakelite and galalith are old early 20th century plastic, just with different chemical properties. I agree with you and Gloria - nice!!
    17. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Ha ha Rick, love the humor :)! You and Valentino are right. I understand why sellers on ebay often writes "catalin galalit bakelite bangle" and stuff like that - it's not possible to know :)
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou for "love" caperkid. PhilDMorris and Rick55!
    19. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/215024-black-bakelite-or-galalith-bangle?in=705
      Here is the twin :)
    20. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou TassieDevil!
    21. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Yes - there is a twin! I'm going to post 5 more carved bangles that haven't tested with simichrome and info I've found about them.
    22. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Great Valentino! We look forward to that. Thankyou love!
    23. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I learned something from this post discussion. Didn't know of Galalith.
    24. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      That's great SpiritBear.
    25. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Nicefice, SpiritBear, martika and vintagelamp thankyou for loving my post!
    26. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 4 years ago
      Hi, and hum? IDK but I like!
      Thanks for your support and posts.
    27. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou Onegoodfind :) you are welcome.
    28. authenticvintage authenticvintage, 2 years ago
      I'm late to the game, but wanted to say that I discovered years ago by accident that baking soda and water will emit the smell of bakelite in black bakelite pieces. Posted to the ebay jewelry and gemstones forum. A search should garner the discussion results. Happy collecting!

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