Bakelite Beads


Bakelite, the first plastic made from synthetic components, was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907. In 1931, the Bakelite Corporation gave the Smithsonian several items made of Bakelite. This string of Bakelite beads is from that donation.

Maker: Bakelite Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Bakelite Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.A.4588Catalog Number: A.4588Accession Number: 1931.116481

Object Name: Bakelite Beads

Measurements: overall: 14 1/2 in x 5/16 in x 1 1/8 in; 36.83 cm x .8255 cm x 2.8575 cm


Record Id: nmah_877119

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