Monday, January 25, 2016


The darkest shade of brown Bakelite is known by collectors as espresso, a rich and earthy color that sometimes has the appearance of stained wood. Often, I can't tell if a Bakelite button is black or espresso until I take it outside and let the sun be the judge. This carved button, with a flattering patina that's collected nicely in the etched-away petals, is an espresso megastar with a texture akin to a Hawaiian tiki statue. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'll make an exception for this toasty beverage.

-Sherbert McGee 

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