Salt and Pepper Shakers


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, they are a pretty, bright amber, not the more subdued colors found in most Bakelite objects.

Owner: Baekeland, L. H.Inventor Of Material: Baekeland, L. H.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Plastics Institute of America

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1977.0368.64Catalog Number: 1977.0368.64Accession Number: 1977.0368

Object Name: salt and pepper shakers

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 inpepper shaker: 42 mm x 18 mm x 37 mm; 1 5/8 in x 11/16 in x 1 7/16 inoverall: 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 cmoverall: 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


Record Id: nmah_69

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