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Amber Bakelite Brooch

Amber Bakelite Brooch

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This is a bakelite bowtie brooch made between 1930-1940. Bakelite jewelry reached the height of its popularity in the 1930s as an inexpensive form of costume jewelry. Dr. Leo Bakeland patented bakelite in 1907 and it caught on quickly because it could be molded into many shapes while also being very lightweight and durable. Bakelite lost favor during WWII and became nearly obsolete in the post-war period due to the rise of other more flexible plastics.
Object Name
Object Type
Accessories Worn on the Body
date made
used by
Sieverts, June Ayres Lane
Physical Description
Bakelite (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 2 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Patsy Katz
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Cultural and Community Life: Costume
Clothing & Accessories
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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