Posted 2 years ago
Recent love birds brooch from ebay - 3.5"x 2.5". - sold as bakelite on wood.... Beautiful, but isn't right. I couldn't tell until I got it today. I hope it's from the 70's at least. Sometimes bakelite or catalin or galalith was laminated to wood - which I love and have examples of. What is wrong or suspect about this?
* Eyes are just blobs of glass, not intricate cabochon beads as in 30's designs.
* Hardware here is embedded , not glued on, that's good - but it isn't 30's-40's hardware.
* Doesn't pass yellow q-tip simichrome why? because this red plastic isn't old enough to oxidize yet.
* Copy of 1930's love birds - nice, but not as intricate as the original. It's not in bakelite research books that I can find.
And....why keep it? Nice quality design, lovely color, it's still so much nicer than current costume plastic :-)