Friday, January 11, 2013

BAKELITE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - More fun than a barrel of monkeys...

Shut my mouth!  Bakelite for Christmas!  Perfect anytime of the year, but especially joyful this Christmas around - wanted to share some beautiful pieces that I received this holiday season, AND some fabulous carved pieces that my Mom has been collecting herself, these past months...one-of-a-kind art pieces for the arm...thrown into the mix here, to make the Bakelite collectors among you drool - not fair that I should be the only one.
Starting with this...not mine, but my Mom's recent acquisition - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Bakelite monkeys!  Six of them, hand carved round this thick bangle - three right side up, and three upside down, so that no matter how you turn this piece, those comical little monkeys are staring at you.  Hate monkeys - LOVE this!
MINE!  These bangles were all under the tree for me this year...the large, HEAVY black one in the center is asymmetrical, and gorgeous.  A present from my folks - my Mom actually purchased an identically matched one for herself, a few days after she found this one.  She shops at all the right places, evidently.
The green bangle, a gift from Santa (my husband told me recently that he is thrilled that I could find as much joy in "plastic" as I do, and is certainly glad my hobby isn't diamonds).  The beautiful butterscotch "flying saucer" bangle (the flying saucers are thicker in the middle, tapering to a thinner edge) was a gift from The Boss - thank you, thank you, you ROCK!  The little Bakelite pencil sharpener was found in a case of antique doo-dads over the Christmas holiday - SCORE!  SHARPEN!
I found the cinnamon red colored bangle above for my Mom for Christmas.  Was a little panicked when it arrived (this was an online purchase), as it has what looks to be very fine gold dust throughout - gold dust that did not show in the pictures (as it doesn't now), nor was it mentioned in the description.  I had never seen this, and held my breath (AFTER I kicked myself for purchasing it), but it tested positive with the Simichrome, so I got busy and did a little research.  Not a lot to be found on it, but basically it was made for one year only...somewhere between 1936/37.  Referred to as "Stardust Bakelite" - it can range from the fine dusting that is in this one, to larger, gold flakes. An interesting, special find, to say the least.  I quit kicking myself!
This heavily carved piece belongs to Mom, also - tropical flowers, a large feline, a dog, two naked women, and a dragon - heavy, thick, entirely hand carved - a beautiful conversation piece from the 30's (Bakelite was produced from 1932 to 1941).  The three carved pieces are all approximately 1-1/2" wide, and thick, thick, thick!
And one final acquisition of hers - a gorgeous black floral "clamper" bracelet.  The flowers are exquisite, and there appear to be two pairs of lips on either side of the hinge.  Mom has embraced the Bakelite collecting with a passion, an eye for the unique, and the good luck of being in the right place at the right time - "Go big, or go home, Barb!"  Might just be her new nickname...

9 comments:

Hindustanka said...

the bracelets are beautiful!loved the yellow one, and the black floral.they'll be great company for a dress or for a casual outfit:)
thanks for sharing!

Dorthe said...

Oh they are sooo special dear Tanya- and ofcourse the ones belonging to your mother, are especially amazing,-
not ofcourse because they belongs to her :-) but because they are so wonderfully carved! That black one is gorgeous.
BUT -I would be ever so happy and satisfied, if ever I found one like the ones you found under the tree !!!
Wish you a wonderful weekend!
xoxoxo, Dorthe

Sea Witch said...

Just love Bakelite pieces. They have such a special quality about them.

Createology said...

How very unique each piece of Bakelight is. You and Barb have some beautiful pieces in your collections. Fun is in the Finding...

DearHelenHartman said...

Wow - I've never seen anything like that dragon, naked lady bracelet! Awesome.

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely pieces! I can sense a new obsession for me...

Colleen Mcgraw said...

Oh my goodness that carved bakelite is just beautiful.
When I saw the flying saucer (didn't know it actually had a name) it screamed you name I had never seen you wear a shape like that before. I am so happy you liked it . You need to go to Porland Expo one year it would blow your mind.

Jillayne said...

"Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil", have no fun!
These are way too cool Tanya - so much fun!

angi eharis said...

tanya, i am soin love with your bangles, do you only collect bangles or do you collect other bakelite treasures? i have been in love for a while of bakelite, don't own any pieces but you sure got me wanting some, i did not know there is a test you can do to make sure it is bakelite. just gorgeous though! aloha, angi in hana