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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This is a DDR panel bracelet from the seasidetown Kühlungsborn. A souvenire piece is serious need of restringing. I believe it is bakelite. I bought it because of the cool colors and I plan to use it with my yellow or cherry amber bakelite necklaces. I am planing to remove the photo panel. The person I bought it from thought it to be from the 60's.
    I have tried to find out more but haven't been succesfull. I have seen other bakelite souvenirs from the same town all after WWII ofcourse. I don't know when the tourism hit its peak there back in the days but I guess the 60's could be right?

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    1. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 years ago
      So pretty!
    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      I love bakelite but had so little experience with it that I could not collect it. I love that parts of the bracelet looks like a collection and row of bakelite bracelets which gives this post the wow factor !~
    3. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Beautiful bracelet with lovely striations, this will look great with your yellow & cherry amber necklaces. Nice find!
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thank you Mrstyndall, PhilDMorris and Newfld for your nice coments :)
      PhilDMorris I had not thought about that but you are right! Newfld, the red and yellow is not a colorcombination that first comes to mind in my head but I think they look delightful together like some tasty fruit - oranges and cherries :)
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thank you also for loving the post watchsearcher and Vinyl!
    6. freiheit freiheit, 2 years ago
      I remember seeing these bracelets when I was a child - many, many years ago:)
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      The beads in this bracelet are all different, and all so beautiful. The swirls in the honey colored beads are wonderful! Bakelite colors are so “yummy”!
      I didn’t know they made bakelite in the 60’s. I always thought it was much older, like 30’s -40’s. I know nothing of plastics, so once again, learned something new on CW!
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Freihet that is great information. Did you see them in a store or people wearing them? Could 60's be right?
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      I haven't seen this before - LOVE the colors, looks great with your beads. Maybe you could contact the town's visitor center or museum. The picture's car looks older than 1960's. Because the town is on the Baltic Sea likely meant to imitate amber. Personally, I would leave the photo panel on. But, if that's your choice - is it only glued on? Carefully scrape away glue w/razor blade. Acetone (finger nail polish remover) helps soften or melt glue, but it also can damage plastic test w/qtip on inside to see if it damages the polish. (I know this from experience). XOXO - love this! Also, looks like a thicker elastic which is available online. Thinner white elastic cord is sold at fabric/hobby stores - you might need to double. :-)
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thanks Ms Chrystalchip for nice coment.
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thanks Valentino! Yes I could try to contact them. I feel the bracelet could be older. I have tryed to read up on the town and it seems it really hit as a seaside tourist place after WWII. I have seen similar bracelets that are said to be older than the 60's. A bit confusing. I think you are right it is imitating baltic amber. My plan is to restring it like you advice but leave out the panel with the photo and keep it incase I change my mind. It will still be wide enough for me.
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thank you everyone for loving my post!
    13. freiheit freiheit, 2 years ago
      I saw them mostly on people but also in stores (although I have no idea if they were Bakelite or some other plastic). To me, at the time, they were just plastic. I didn't know much about Bakelite then, other than my grandmother calling any plastic item "just cheap Bakelite". Little did she know that years later, collecting "cheap Bakelite" has become a pricey past time.
      BTW, I think I would like the bracelet without the photo better, too. I would take the piece out and save it - just in case of some change of mind in the future :)
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thank you Freiheit. Yes that is how it often was. Things didn't seem interesting when there were plenty around. I have seen older ones on auctions. Maybe all of them arent bakelite. This one ticks all the boxes that I can check but I never feel 110 % sure :)
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thank you everyone who has "loved" this post! You wonderful CW friends.

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