Salt and Pepper Shakers

Description
These salt and pepper shakers belonged to Leo Baekeland, the inventor of Bakelite, the first totally synthetic plastic. They are made of pure Bakelite resin, not the resin mixed with cellulose fillers, as was usually the case with molded bakelite items. As a result, these shakers are a pretty, bright amber, not the more subdued colors found in most Bakelite objects.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
salt and pepper shakers
owner
Baekeland, L. H.
inventor of material
Baekeland, L. H.
Physical Description
bakelite resin (overall material)
Measurements
salt shaker: 36 mm x 17 mm x 37 mm; 1 7/16 in x 11/16 in x 1 7/16 in
pepper shaker: 42 mm x 18 mm x 37 mm; 1 5/8 in x 11/16 in x 1 7/16 in
overall: salt shaker: 1 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 4.445 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.905 cm
overall: pepper shaker: 1 3/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 3.4925 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
1977.0368.64
catalog number
1977.368.64
accession number
1977.0368
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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