Posted 2 years ago
I just *KNEW* I had another similar bead somewheres around here when I posted my yellow one last week...
but this red one just took a little more "digging" to finally lay my hands on again. <lol>
It came to me (like and with the yellow one) already "loose" from anything it might have ever first been part of, and seems to share many similar characteristics with the yellow bead though it is a completely different shape, color, and pattern on its silver end caps. It is about 1-3/8" long and 7/8" across, and weighs about 12-1/2 g.
The red material this one is made of is not quite as translucent nor nearly as grained as the yellow bead, but still does show some spots/figuring within. It also shows slightly more still existing 'not quite completely polished away' scratches/etc than the yellow one, presumably from its original maker/manufacture.
This bead (unlike the yellow one) actually seems to positively respond to the "409 test" for bakelite. Fully admitting I'm still learning about the many forms of bakelite, I am thus not certain whether I should trust that test or not...I also sorta thought that bakelite was generally an opaque material...?
Once more, if anybody has any clues or suggestions I'd love to hear them -- please speak up and maybe help edjumucate me further! :-)