Salt and Pepper Shakers

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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.
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Baekeland, L. H.
inventor of material
Baekeland, L. H.
Physical Description
bakelite resin (overall material)
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
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Credit Line
Gift of Plastics Institute of America
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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