Bakelite is a resin material that was produced in the early 1900's and was the first plastic substance made of synthetic components. Initially used for its electrically non-conductive and heat resistant properties in radio and telephone castings, the material was also used in other products such as kids' toys, kitchenware and jewelry. Typically made of bright, beautiful colors, Bakelite has become very collectible over recent years and is appreciated amongst many.
An artistic fish bowl pin from the Retro (ca1940) era! This whimsical piece is crafted in hand-carved Bakelite which has rich golden color known as "apple juice" Bakelite. The wonderful pin has the shape of a wide fish bowl and features the reverse carved image of six vibrant red koi fish swimming among a fine piece of branch coral. The carved image has been hand painted on the back, and the translucence of the Bakelite allows the fine image to show through to the front. The base of the fish bowl has carved and painted detail on the face of the piece and a shallow, curved indentation at the top represents where the opening of the bowl would be. On the back of the piece is a clasped bar pin, allowing it to be easily fastened to a favorite garment. A very unique Bakelite piece, it is perfect for any collector and would make a fun addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures 1 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" wide, and 3/8" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage, chips, or cracks to the carved Bakelite, and the pin clasp is secure and in good working condition. There is some minimal wear to the hand painted details, mostly from the bottom of the fish bowl, however, this is hardly noticeable nor does it detract from the look of the piece.