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    Posted 1 year ago

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    You’ll notice all of my posts are filled with an exorbitant amount of exclamation marks: But my knowledge is so rudimentary that all I can do is guess. So please forgive me. I found this in an antique store yesterday and I had to buy it. I paid $48 for it and I’m sure I overpaid but it “sang” to me and I had no choice but to buy it!!! ???? I can promise that I don’t ever pay this much… Or let me just say it’s a very rare occasion… So rare, I can’t remember the last time...since I have paid this much for a piece of jewelry, but I knew it was mine when I saw it. It’s plastic. I don’t know how to tell if it’s Bakelite but it’s from the 30s, I believe, so I’m guessing it might be. The paint has worn off one of the wooden beads and the wood underneath is just gorgeous. I want to say those are real turquoise beads, too. But, alas, I may just be speaking my hopes and dreams aloud! ???? Any and all feedback is always appreciated!

    ** None of the jewelry I list under show and tell is done so with the intent to sell. These are my personal pieces that are very special to me and that I enjoy learning about. If there is ever anything I intend to sell and I’m looking to find information about I will disclose that in the description. Thank you for all your help!**

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      The lady you need for this one is Mary!
      She is our “Plastic Fantastic” expert...
      As long as you’re not planning on parting with it, she will help..
      It is quite beautiful!
    2. salome000 salome000, 1 year ago
      Thank you Eileen! I couldn’t part with this if I tried. For a few moments, I actually thought the shop owner wasn’t going to sell it to me! Trust me when I say it wasn’t a sales tactic. She told me several times how she’d sold a few things that she regretted and she felt this might be one of the things she’d regret. This was after I had committed to buy at the price She had asked. I loved it so much I didn’t think about asking for a discount… I didn’t care! So I guess I was right about it being something special. At least to me...even if it doesn’t turn out to be worth anything. I love it and therefore it’s priceless ???? I’d love to get Mary’s opinion! What is her user name? Eileen, once again, I have no idea why you friended me but I am so grateful! I hope I can return the favor or pay it forward eventually. Thank you!
    3. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      It's a great brooch and never regret paying for it!

      Mary is Valentino97 and the best way to get her to have a look is to comment on one of her posts and ask. She is a knowledgeable and helpful person, a great one of our CW people.
      Maybe this post:
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Hi therre! True, I don't have CW on my phone, so only when my computer is on will I see and chime in....

      This fun brooch is celluloid. Old, I'd say 20's-30's at latest. It looks like the clasp is a replacement. The pistils were painted, same as wood? To me the style looks European. I think the blue beads are hubble glass which was made in Italy, Bohemia and later Czechoslovakia. Very nice find!
    5. salome000 salome000, 1 year ago
      I can’t believe that everything I heard was true!!

      “If you post the plastic fantastic, she will come”
      Hi Mary!! I’m so glad to meet you! And racer? I have a feeling you know a great deal more than you give yourself credit for!! I’m so glad to meet you as well… Did I miss your name? I’m Carmen and I’m so thrilled to meet all of you! Except Eileen. Who I’ve already met and taken as hostage.. um..I mean as a “mentor”????

      Mary-you blew me away with your lightning fast assessment! How do you tell the difference by sight between bakelite and celluloid? Or is it just knowledge about the different elements and putting the pieces of the puzzle together? It would seem to me that’s how it would be. Links are always appreciated. You don’t have to retype information I’m sure you’ve typed 1000 times. I’m not lazy when it comes to researching it’s just that I get lost in the literal ocean of information, Much of it seems to be contradictory and a great deal of it, downright suspect.

      As for the dowels they were painted but looks like a gold but where it rubbed off is this deep rich wood that’s simply gorgeous. I’m going to knock off the close-up of the pin and get a really good picture of the painted dowels and where the paint has rubbed off the larger. Again… Thank you all for your help! I knew this one was special I felt it!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Call me Karen.
      I'm not one of those Karen's.
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Nice to meet you Carmen!
      Here's a few links about celluloid in my collection. As you will see, your's looks much more intricate than the ones I have that are probably 1950's.

      Celluloid is often molded. The wavy nature of the back side of your pin is a trait of celluloid, bakelite is carved from a rod, or ring. Celluloid is often lighter weight too and can warp. It can also crack. Needs to breathe, so don't store in a baggie. I made that mistake with some buttons and they are all dusty bits now - dang!.

      Also take a look at the posts under the category for Celluloid jewelry.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      El!izabethan provided a really good online link for different plastics.

      Karen and Eileen are experts! When you have time take a look at all their posts. Have a good day and Happy Hunting

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