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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1940 item #1275447
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One of several exciting Art Deco buckles we acquired from a Florida estate, this beauty offers gorgeous details and versatile coloration along with great condition. Measuring 2 inches by almost 3, it's of thermoplastic (probably Bakelite) formed in high-relief for the look of crocodile leather. Also notice the elegantly shaped "prong" that dangles at the center and resembles aged ivory.

This is a one-part buckle that you can stitch to a belt or sash (up to 1 1/4" wide). Alternatively, just run a sash or scarf through it and knot it behind you. It would also be sensational as a scarf slide.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1930 item #1214017
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In terms of cameo history, here's the "missing link" between the type we think of as 19th century (despite including very early 20th century examples that continued the neoclassical or Art Nouveau style) and those that are decidedly 20th century, featuring the thoroughly modern, short-haired flapper girls of the 1920s and their successors.

Cameos of course mirror our changing standards of beauty and this particular design perfectly illustrates the spirit of the transitional period between Edwardian and Art Deco design eras. The young lady pictured here presents an entirely new vision of elegance. Her hair, while on the long side, is quite a lot shorter than was seen before the World War I, during which large numbers of women worked for the first time in roles other than domestic service. Hairstyles thus had to become more practical. Her attire also isn't idealized; it's no toga or fairy-like wisp, but quite easily recognizable as an evening gown, accented by an orchid corsage. And her face is that of a real person -- not just pretty, but strong and poised. There are no frou-frous in the background, either. Capping off the design breakthrough of the cameo is that it appears to be of carved shell, but is actually Bakelite, the thermoplastic that overcame celluloid's disadvantages (mainly fragility and flammability).

I saw this cameo once before - in celluloid, with more detailed features - so I'm inclined to date the Bakelite one a little later: to the 1920s, rather than slightly before. The gilt metal frame, however, is pure Edwardiana, dainty and graceful, with an old open "C" clasp right for the period. Framed size is about 2 inches by 1.5 inches and both cameo and frame are in lovely condition.

As a sort of fascinating side note, this jewel came from a collector in Budapest. She said she managed to make out a badly faded Czecho signature on the back. I haven't taken time to search for it, feeling no cause to doubt its origin, with a provenance like that.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1940 item #1113922
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Exceptional for their lavish detail and elegant gray-on-black coloration, these earrings are wonderfully dimensional, too. Notice how the lacy incised pattern of the carapace continues around all four sides of each chunky scarab. The silver metal overlays also wrap the earrings' tops. These are the torchlike lotus forms so typical of Egyptian design, here textured with tiny faux-marcasites and set with pretty faceted rhinestones (four per earring). The stones are obviously original, because their sparkle is far more subtle than today's glass.

For dating, the early clip backs suggest the end of the Art Deco era (circa 1935), but they could be older, since fasteners are easy to change. Whether from the late 1920s -- when discovery of Tut's tomb touched off a craze for all things Egyptian -- or the early 1930s, they're already antique by American 75-year standards. Their condition, as you see, is marvelous, with a surface that gleams both front and back.

Size is approximately 1 inch tall, .75 inch wide and .25 inch thick; provenance is a Pennsylvania estate; and the material is a sturdy plastic with good heft (Bakelite or similar, nothing flimsy). Black Bakelite often doesn't test positive, so I didn't want to risk this lovely finish by applying chemicals.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1940 item #1037518
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These adorable dangle earrings from the Deco era are of the shape fashion most favors today - extra-long vertical drops - and their neutral color means you can wear them with anything.

The stylized tulips are nicely detailed and made of an early plastic (probably the French equivalent of Bakelite). Accenting the, are additional drops of brilliantly faceted topaz crystal. From the front, these appear to be for pierced ears, but they actually have early-type clip backs, so can be worn by anyone. Length is about 2 1/2 inches, condition is superb and provenance is an Arizona estate. That desert climate does wonders to preserve the beauty of antique and vintage jewels.

Probable dating of these is circa 1930 and likely origin is France, based on the plastic used. When a material seems like Bakelite in every way, but doesn't test positive, it's usually the French variation called Galalith (casein).

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1950 item #509150
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This ultra-feminine piece of paradise places natural shells, artfully colored to let their iridescence glow through, on a transparent celluloid chain, so they'll seem suspended around your neck by magic. Imagine how beautiful it will be with this season's "goddess" and "baby doll" dresses!

From the 1930s or early 1940s, the necklace is obviously hand-crafted and as pretty from the back as from the front. Each shell is protected by small discs of matching shell, both fore and aft. Condition is superb. The shells with slightly irregular edges were that way originally, since the rich pink color is present. I can't find a flaw anywhere, apart from slight wear at points where wire wraps the celluloid. Length of the chain is 16 inches, shells are slightly graduated in height from about 3/4 of an inch to an inch and provenance is a Gulf Coast estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1950 item #509122
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Here's real Carmen Miranda stuff, just in time to complement the colorful, exotic fashions favored for warm weather. You'll look delicious in these earrings formed like seashell cornucopias packed with luscious strawberries, grapes, bananas and more. Being of celluloid, they're extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear (not to mention highly collectible). Size is about 1 1/4 inches by 1 inch and condition is nice, relative to age and the delicacy of the material. There are lost grapes (easy to hide by retouching the color) and a few teensy cracks it takes high magnification to notice. The shells show no losses at all and the silver metal screwbacks show virtually no wear. If perfect, of course they'd be worth $100 more. Provenance of these cutie-pies is a Deep South estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1930 item #411122
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Of black Bakelite or some other early plastic, this antique Art Deco brooch is sleek and sophisticated. Accentuating its streamlined form are radiant geometric overlays of finely detailed silver metal (likely chromium or rhodium) at each end. Of impressive size, this dazzler measures about 2 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches. Probable dating is late 1920s and, although it was acquired in England, it looks French to me.

On close inspection, you can see that the pin was assembled in three parts (center plus two triangular tips recessed to receive the silvery ornaments). The black areas within the overlays seem to be enameled, but could be insets of a shinier plastic.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1940 item #382070
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You want to be the gal wearing the most dramatic buckle in the room? Here's what you're looking for! Deeply carved of sizzling red plastic (probably Bakelite), this wonderful Art Deco accessory measures about 3" x 2" when the two parts are fastened and has brackets big enough for belt or sash 1 1/4" wide. Condition is great; the only flaw visible to the naked eye is a little rust on the fastener, which can be easily cleaned away. Provenance is an estate in (wouldn't you know it?) Florida, the Deco Mecca.

Fine Vintage Florentine Gilt Leather Glasses Case Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Nostalgia: Fashion: Accessories: Pre 1980 item# 680594 Fine Vintage Florentine Gilt Leather Glasses Case click for details GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear 505.205.1404 erinharris@comcast.net $30. (Free Insured U.S. Shipping & Gift-Wrap, if Desired) Here's a truly luxurious vintage case for your favorite specs or shades! The rich red hues and intricate gilding give it a lavish High Renaissance look. This exquisite case measures 7.25 inches by 3.5 inches, so can hold large frames. From a New Mexico collector who's downsizing, it received little use, being one of several she acquired in Italy about 30 years ago. Extreme magnification is necessary to notice any surface wear, except a few creases. The cream-colored leather lining is quite clean and the clasp still closes tightly. I couldn't find anything at all like this online, so it must be a rarity. There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Bakelite : Pre 1940 item #308243
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Ah, that brilliant Art Deco orange! It lights up your face with smiles, when you see it in pottery by Clarice Cliff. Now let it light up your face in a different way, via these marvelous vintage earrings from the 1920s or very early 1930s. They're big enough to make a bold statement, but not overpowering, at 1 1/4 inches long. Backs are screw-on, of course, given the period. The material is an early plastic, most likely Bakelite or the French equivalent called Galalith). Provenance of the earrings is a New York estate and their condition is lovely.

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