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    Posted 3 months ago

    valentino97
    (720 items)

    Circa 1940's earrings: 1" wood with green bakelite acorns glued on. I'm showing with a carved wood clamper. The brass wires have been cut off some time over the years. And the earrings would have had screw backs. Wood jewelry was popular starting in Depression era. Elaborate figural designs were painted, even had moving parts or bakelite or lucite layers.

    12/19/2020

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    Comments

    1. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Mary you have opened up a whole new genre to me! I never really thought about the why when or wow of wooden jewellery before! New eyes here.
      The bakelite addition is sort of quaintly extra and somehow a bit sad. Do you get what I mean? I can't explain the feeling it gives me.
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      The fact that wooden jewelry was popular during the depression brings melancholy feelings to me too. The fact that women could not afford “the bling” and turned to wood, and simple metals. Wonder how they would feel bout how treasured these pieces are now!
      The acorn earrings are very cool, Mary! You must have a necklace or bracelet to match / or close in your extensive plastics collection... Both pieces are wonderful!
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      This is different and new to me. Looks great!
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Great post also because it gives you an idea that you can wear woodjewelry together with bakelite.
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 3 months ago
      Karen and Eileen - thanks, and I'm combining my message to both of you. There's a WONDERFUL research book by Maryjo Izard "Wooden Jewelry & Novelties". It also features felt/sequin puffed brooches and leather brooches. Both were handmade for the most part. It's possible they could have been kits or projects for a community center or camp. Something to do and maybe sell?
      Companies 30's-40's, who had catalin (bakelite), lucite carving knowledge stepped up with more sophisticated designs. These are pretty expensive to acquire now.

      In the 30's and wartime 40's enterprising craftspeople looked to ways to make money. A lot of whimsical designs - for example - South-of-the-border items were sold at roadside gift shops up until the 1960's, then I think cheap plastic took over.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 3 months ago
      Elisabeth - yes, easy to wear bakelite with wood. In fact, there are "bakelite resin finish over wood" items out there. I don't really buy, and disagree because to me it's just a resin put over wood. Back to these earrings - a clamper bracelet and brooch of this double acorn design is online right now.

      Thanks friends for your loves: Lisa, fort, watch, dav2no1, Jenni, Thomas, auar, kwqd, Kevin

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