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    Posted 8 years ago

    Newtimes
    (306 items)

    So here I show you two dress clips I have. The white one is made out of galalith. The red one is chrome with an unknown red material. I tested it for bakelite but it didnt pass that test. I believe they are dress clips because they have small teeth so they can cling to thin material
    Which material do you think the red one is?
    Thanks a lot

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    Comments

    1. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Its probably something called galalith. It was another synthetic plastic used mainly in Europe during the Art Deco period. It was actually made from the protein in cow's milk. It looks just like Bakelite but it doesn't pass Bakelite tests
    2. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 years ago
      Do you think so? The white one is galalith for sure and it looks different to the red one... But you could be right.
      Thanks a lot!
    3. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Oh, I didn't see that you had galalith in your post.

      I've had some Jakob Bengel pieces before, which were all galalith, and it looks just like that, just like Bakelite. Here are a couple of Bengel pieces:

      http://image0-rubylane.s3.amazonaws.com/shops/judysgems/1166-x20Jakobx20Bengelx20Cx20andx20Gx20Nec.2L.jpg

      http://www.graysantiques.com/resources/17360.jpg
    4. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 years ago
      Well like always, you are right!
      I forgot all about it, but I have a Bengel necklace myself. And the galalith does look like bakelite.
      Thanks a lot for your advice, I bow my head for your wisdom! ;-)
    5. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Aww that's sweet of you :) Your welcome!

      Don't you just love Bengel's work? Its just CLASSIC Art Deco. I should have kept the pieces I had...
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thank you Stillwater and Newtimes - galalith must be a lighter material? Is it more brittle than bakelite? I'm trying to find other ways to distinguish it from bakelite.

      The Bengel items are really wonderful. I've only seen them in research books (or just couldn't afford them.)
    7. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 years ago
      Stillwater, you are the one who always gives me really good information. You solved single handed most of my mysteries here on CW. So thank you very much!
      Yes I do love Bengel. I only found one necklace so far and I plan on keeping it forever.
      I bought it for 20 euros on a flea market some years ago...I never spend much money on jewelry and sometimes you get lucky. I will post it soon here on CW.
    8. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 years ago
      valentino97, thats not an easy question. In my opinion galalith is not more brittle than bakelite. It looks exactly the same and it feels the same. Only when you rub it it doesnt smell like anything, it doesnt make the 'cling' sound bakelite makes and it doesnt pass the simichrome test. I have been fooled many times. Although, sometimes I just know it, like with the white dress clip I posted.
    9. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Wow, did I really? Your very welcome!
      Jewelry is where my knowledge base is centered, so that's where I can be of most help to people
    10. Newtimes Newtimes, 8 years ago
      Stillwater, in fact it was your reindeer moss pendant that got me attached to CW in the first place. You should post more jewelry for us so we can learn.
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thank you Newtimes for giving me a little more info on galilith - and also agree w/you - Stillwater is an amazing collector and educator. Would love to see more of Stillwater's collection.

      Newtimes - thank you for this galilith vs. bakelite information.
    12. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Aww thanks guys, that's very nice of you <3
      I actually bought an interesting necklace the other day, I'll put it sometime soon

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